Court hears emotional victim impact statements from Jayme Closs, family at Patterson sentencing

May 24, 2019 06:17 PM

In a statement read in court Friday, Jayme Closs powerfully asked a judge that Jake Patterson stay "locked up forever."

Patterson - who pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents last October - was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on both counts of homicide.


And he received the maximum prison sentence of 40 years (25 years of initial incarceration, 15 years supervision) on the kidnapping charge. 

All of the sentences will be served consecutively, meaning he will never get out of jail.

Before that, though, family members and a spokesperson for Jayme gave emotional victim impact statements, calling for the judge to follow maximum sentencing guidelines. 

"I will always have my freedom and he will not," her statement read. "Jake Patterson can never take away my courage. He thought he could control me, but he couldn't."

Jake Patterson sentenced to life without parole for kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents

Patterson, meanwhile, broke down when speaking to the judge, expressing what he said is his remorse for his actions.

"I'll just say that I would do absolutely anything to take back what I did," he said. "I would die .... to bring them back. I don't care about me. I'm just so sorry."

Below are some of the statements made during Friday's hearing:

"I don't want another family to go through the nightmare my family has had to endure," said Suzi Allard, Jayme's aunt. 

"You took so much from our family, but you won't take our happiness anymore," said Lindsey Smith, a cousin of Jayme. 

"None of us are going to win today. None of us are going to get our family members back. My Mother is not going to get her Sunday phone call from her son to talk about the Packers and all the things they liked to talk about," said Kelly Engelhardt, the sister of Jim Closs. 

Below is a portion of the statement from Jayme:

"I loved my mom and dad very much, and they loved me very much. They did all they could to make me happy and protect me. He took them away from me forever. I felt safe in my home and I loved my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that, too. I don't want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life."

"I have to have an alarm in the house now just so I can sleep. It's too hard for me to go out in public. I get scared and I get anxious."

"There's some things that Jake Patterson can never take from me. He can't take my freedom. ... I was smarter. I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not. Jake Patterson can never take my courage. he thought he could control me but he couldn't."

"I was brave and he was not. He can never take away my spirit ... he can't ever change me or take away who I am. He cant stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will go on to do great things in my life and he will not. Jake Patterson will never have any power over me. I feel like I have some power over him because I get to tell the judge what I think should happen to him"

"For 88 days he tried to steal me, and he didn't care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should stay locked up forever"

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