Jayme Closs kidnapper Jake Patterson admits abducting teen and killing her parents

An obsessive stalker broke down in tears as he admitted to killing a husband and wife, then abducting their 13 year-old daughter and holding her captive for 88 days.

Jake Patterson, 21, struggled to speak through sobs as he pleaded guilty Wednesday to snatching Jayme Closs from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, after shooting her parents Denise and James in October 2018.

He was caught after Jayme escaped in January, and afterwards told various news outlets that he planned to admit his shocking crimes to spare the teen the ordeal of testifying.

FILE - In a Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 file photo, Jake Patterson appears for a brief hearing in Barron County Circuit Court in Barron, Wis. A Minnesota television station is reporting Thursday, March 7, 2019 that Patterson, who is charged in the kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, says in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty. Patterson, 21, is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter, Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10, after 88 days.(Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Jake Patterson pleaded guilty to killing Jayme Closs and murdering her parents in court on Wednesday (Picture: AP)

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Patrick Patterson, right, and his daughter, Katie, arrive for the arraignment hearing of his son, Jake Patterson, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Barron County Justice Center in Barron, Wis. Jake Patterson pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Patrick Patterson, right, and his daughter, Katie, arrive for the arraignment hearing of his son, Jake Patterson (Picture: AP)

During the hearing, Patterson hung his head and only spoke to answer questions confirming his personal details, and to acknowledge that he understood he faced a sentence which means he is likely to die in jail. During his pleas, he was comforted by his lawyer, who kept a hand on his clients shoulder.



Patterson said he wanted to waive his right to a trial, and will be held until his sentencing on May 24, when he is expected to make a full statement.

(FILES) This file photo of an undated image released by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin on October 15, 2018 shows missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs. - Closs, 13, missing since October 15, 2018, has been found alive in the town of Gordon, Wisconsin, the Barron County Sheriff's Department said on January 11, 2019. (Photo by HO / Barron County Sheriff's Department / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Barron County Sheriff's Department" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

Jayme Closs, 13, was held captive for 88 days in Pattersons remote cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin (Picture: Getty Images)

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21 is being held for two counts of first degree intentional homicide and and one count of kidnapping of Jayme Closs,. 12 Jan 2019 Pictured: Jake Thomas Patterson. Photo credit: BC Sheriff Department/ MEGA +1 888 505 6342

Jake Patterson was arrested for two counts of first degree intentional homicide and and one count of kidnapping of Jayme Closs, (Picture: BC Sheriff Department)

Patterson sent a handwritten letter to KARE-TV in February from Polk County Jail. In it, the now-convicted killer answered a series of questions on a torn sheet of paper- including how he planned to plea.

Plead guilty, Patterson wrote.

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I want Jayme and her relatives to know that. Dont want them to worry about a trial.

Patterson continued to write that he felt huge amounts of remorse and said I cant believe I did this, claiming that he acted mostly on impulse.

On the back of the note, Patterson wrote Im Sorry Jayme! For everything. I know it doesnt mean much.

The teenager was held captive for 88 days before escaping. The Wisconsin house where Jayme Closs Opens a New Window. was held captive has been revealed. And has exclusive images of the now infamous property. As the 13-year-old recovers from her trauma with her family the true horror of her ordeal is coming to light. The cabin is situated in rural Eau Claire Acres in Gordon, Wisconsin. It is located ten miles outside of Gordon and 70 miles from where Jayme was abducted according to neighbors the development has few year-round residents. The teenager was found alive after she was abducted in October, and her parents, James Closs and Denise Closs, were murdered in their own home in Barron, Wisconsin. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, is in custody on two charges of first- degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Jayme s parents and one count of kidnapping. Since she escaped Jayme has been pictured smiling in photos shared to Facebook alongside her aunt, who is now acting as her legal guardian. Police confirmed Patterson, from Gordon, Wisconsin, is currently being held in custody. 13 Jan 2019 Pictured: Wisconsin Home Where Jayme Closs Was Held Captive. Photo credit: AMI/MEGA +1 888 505 6342

Closs was able to escape her captors cabin and run to a woman walking her dog (Picture: MEGA)

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