Jayme Closs' kidnapper sentenced to life in prison

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He held Closs captive in a cabin where she was held for 88 days before making her escape.

"He stole nearly everything I loved from me", Jayme Closs, 13, said in a statement read in court by her lawyer, Chris Gramstrup.

An attorney read a statement from Jayme, who was not in the courtroom. He took them away from me in a way that will always leave me with a horrifying memory.

"I'll just say that I would do like absolutely anything to take back what I did", Patterson said, his voice breaking. I will go on to do great things in my life, and he will not. "I sued to love to go out with my friends, I loved school, I loved dance, he took all of those things away from me, too".

A prosecutor said Friday that Patterson allegedly told Jayme something "really bad would happen" if she tried to flee.

He dragged the girl from the bloody crime scene into his car's trunk and drove off, setting off a massive search. Her aunt, Jen Smith, accepted the award on her niece's behalf.

Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, went missing on October 15, 2018. His neighbours found her and called police.

He's facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping. "He stole my parents from me". The sentencing likely will be a welcome milestone as well.

At a hearing today, May 24, 2019, Barron County Hon.

In addition, Patterson received a sentence of40 years for the kidnapping of Jayme Closs.

Judge Babler said that Patterson was "the total embodiment of evil".

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Patterson told investigators he decided Jayme "was the girl he was going to take", before carefully plotting his next move. He also turned up the radio so visitors couldn't hear her.

Jayme Closs pictured last week.

On October 15, 2018, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald issued a press release notifying the public that Jayme Closs was missing. Patterson ordered her to tape her daughter's mouth shut then executed her at point blank range in front of her only child.

Sheriff's deputies drove toward the home and, unbeknownst to them at the time, passed Patterson's vehicle.

As part of a plea deal, he didn't face additional charges from Douglas County where he held Jayme prisoner. He decided then that "she was the girl he was going to take".

Jayme was forced to live under a bed, which Patterson barricaded with storage boxes and other weights before escaping.

Authorities searched for Jayme for months and collected more than 3,500 tips before she made a daring escape on January 10 while Patterson was away. In the lead up to that development, Patterson reportedly made clear that he wanted to plead guilty from the get-go. He sometimes left her there for as long as 12 hours without food, water or bathroom breaks.

Hundreds of tips poured in over the next 3 months as law enforcement continued the search for Jayme Closs with the Federal Bureau of Investigation taking the search nationwide. She says Jayme lost everything.

A woman walking her dog saw the girl, who said she needed help.

Patterson, with close-cropped hair and dressed in an orange prison uniform, sat with his head down most of the time in court. Prosecutors said he confessed in detail during an interview after his arrest. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the letter. "He thought he could control me, but he couldn't", Jayme's statement read. They did all they could to make me happy and protect me.

"I was shocked by the brutalness", he said of the crimes.

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