BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is refusing to cooperate in his presentence investigation…
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that a probation and parole agent filed a one-paragraph letter Monday telling a Barron County Circuit Court judge that Jake Patterson stated he was advised by his lawyer not to cooperate.
Agent Jennifer Sem’s letter said she plans to complete the investigation “with whatever information I am able to obtain.”
Patterson pleaded guilty last month in the October crime at the Closs home near Barron, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) northeast of Minneapolis.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 24. Patterson faces up to life in prison for the killings and up to 40 years in prison for kidnapping.
Chilling parting remark
After pleading guilty in court, Patterson left with a chilling parting remark, saying “Bye Jayme” as he exited the courtroom.
He faces life in prison for the October attack in which he killed James and Denise Closs and kidnapped 13-year-old Jayme. He held her for 88 days in a northwest Wisconsin cabin before she escaped.
Jayme Closs wasn’t in the Barron County courtroom as Patterson entered his guilty pleas.
Patterson had written from jail that he intended to plead guilty to spare the Closs family further pain. He was initially stoic at the hearing, but choked up and had difficulty speaking later in the proceeding. His remark as he left the courtroom appeared directed at no one in particular.
Author: ANA Newswire