WATCH 1 P.M. : Source: Closs kidnapping, homicide suspect to plead guilty

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UPDATE (WXOW) – A source with knowledge of the investigation and prosecution of Jake Patterson for the alleged kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murder of her parents intends to plead guilty Wednesday in his felony case.

Our sister station WKOW confirmed the information Wednesday morning.

The source did not specify whether Patterson would enter guilty pleas to all four felony charges against him.

When contacted, Patterson’s attorney Charles Glynn declined to comment on Patterson’s intentions. A spokesperson for Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright also declined comment.

Patterson is scheduled for an arraignment at 1 p.m. at the Barron County Courthouse.

Residents in Barron say they’re hoping to see a guilty plea from Patterson.

John Terpstra is a church pastor in Barron. He says he hopes Patterson keeps his word so the Closs family doesn’t have to go through a court case.

Retiree Kathy Wirth says she’s sorry for what Jayme went through and still has to go through.

Jayme was held for 88 days in a cabin about an hour north of her family’s home before she escaped in January.

WXOW will be in the courtroom on Wednesday and stream the court appearance live here or in the video player above.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 


Barron County (WQOW) – The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs after killing her parents will return to court in Barron County at 1 p.m.

An arraignment is scheduled for Jake Patterson who is charged with shooting and killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter Jayme from the family’s rural Barron home last October.

Nearly three months later, in early January, she escaped from captivity and Patterson was arrested.

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Patterson has indicated to several reporters that he intends to plead guilty to the charges of homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary. Our sister station News 18 in Eau Claire reached out to Patterson’s lawyer to see if that might happen but have not heard back.

If he does plead guilty, the next step would be sentencing.

WXOW will be in the courtroom on Wednesday and stream the court appearance live here or in the video player above.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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