BARRON, Wis. (WXOW) – Following the first appearance in court for Jake Patterson, Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright spoke to the media for what may be the only time during the case.
Because Patterson has the presumption of innocence unless and until he is convicted of the charges against him, Wright said there won’t be any statements on the details of the case coming from the district attorney’s office.
The prosecution team assembled, Wright said, “wants justice for James and Denise Closs and for Jayme Closs.”
He did take questions from the media after his opening remarks. There were several he said he wouldn’t answer based on his earlier statement.
On new item is that additional charges are possible against Patterson in Douglas County. Prosecutors are still looking at the reports from the case. Any new charges would likely come prior to Patterson’s next court appearance in February.
“There is a process that will take place. At the right time, we will present our evidence and we will argue why the evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt why he did it,” Wright said. He responded to a question on how prosecutors will proceed since Patterson, the criminal complaint said, confessed to the crime.
“We are seeking justice. We have two parents of a 13-year-old who are deceased. We have a 13-year-old who was abducted for 88 days, against her will, forcibly. It doesn’t get any more serious than that. I assure you that all of the prosecutors here want justice for James and Denise and for Jayme.”
Wright credited the dozens of law enforcement officers who helped with the case. He said their efforts was one of the reasons everything came together the way it did to bring Jayme and safely bring her home. “I can’t speak highly enough of the work they did.”
He praised Jayme as well. “Jayme deserves enormous credit, As a 13-year…and she has such bravery to do have done what she has done. But there were many, many other as well…that if all those pieces had not fallen into place on that particular afternoon, the outcome could have been very different.”
On January 10, while Patterson was away from the Gordon home where the Jayme was held, she escaped. She found a woman walking her dog who led the teen to safety. Patterson was arrested shortly after law enforcement blanketed the area after Jayme gave a description to of her abductor.
Patterson is held on a $5 million bond in the Barron County Jail. He next scheduled court appearance is February 6.