Jake Patterson, who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents, to be sentenced

May 24, 2019 01:04 PM

The man who admitted to kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents will be sentenced Friday.

In March, 21-year-old Jake Patterson entered a guilty plea to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping in connection with the fatal shootings of Jim and Denise Closs at their Barron County, Wisconsin, home in October as well as the abduction of Jayme.


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Jayme currently lives with relatives, some of whom are expected to speak during the hearing Friday about the impact of losing Jim and Denise Closs.

Patterson faces a sentence of life in prison.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with an FBI expert whose team worked to develop a profile of a suspect early in the Closs investigation.

Karie Gibson said Patterson presented a challenge that turned into uncertainty for Barron County and for those following Jayme's abduction.

"It's a look at predatory violence; it's not just snapping, they're not just one day (saying), 'Look at this, this is what I am going to do,'" Gibson said. "There's likely a lot of planning that goes into (it) and fantasy as well."

RELATED: Criminal profiler looks back at behavior of Jake Patterson ahead of sentencing in Closs case

The Facebook page "Healing for Jayme Closs" has asked the community to wear blue Friday to show support for Jayme and her family.

Patterson's hearing is set for 1:30 p.m.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will have a crew at the hearing. Stay with and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for live updates.

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