January 16, 2019 10:20 PM
On the day when the last of the three men charged with abducting her in August, 2017 was sentenced, Alexandria teen Jasmine Block offered support to 13-year-old Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager who escaped after her parents were murdered and she was abducted and held for 88 days.
"I'm just proud she was strong enough and that she made it through, even though she'll have a hard time because of her parents," Block said.
Authorities say Jayme was able to escape from a home at which she was being held when suspect Jake Patterson was out.
She approached a woman who was walking her dog for help. That woman took Jayme to a neighbor's residence where they called 911.
A description Jayme provided led to the 21-year-old Patterson's arrest a short time later.
Block, who herself seized an opportunity to run when her captors left her alone, said she'd eventually like to speak with Jayme so they can be a support system for one another.
Steven Michael Samuel Powers pleaded guilty last November to one count of kidnapping and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He will serve at least 69 months in prison, the final 34 months of his sentence could be on supervised release.
He was given credit for 499 days served. And he was ordered to serve 10 years of conditional requirements upon his release. Among those conditions is predatory offender registration.
He was one of three men were charged in connection to the matter. Thomas Barker was sentenced to just under 24 years in prison last November. Joshua Holby was sentenced to 86 months in prison earlier this month.
The complaint against Patterson, meanwhile, lists two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.
Updated: January 16, 2019 10:20 PM
Created: January 16, 2019 08:03 PM
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