BARRON, Wis. – Perhaps the most powerful personal statement in the Jake Patterson sentencing hearing Friday came from Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Barron girl he kidnapped after murdering her parents on Oct. 15.

Family attorney Chris Gramstrup read the statement to Barron County Circuit Court Judge James Babler, who went on to sentence the 21-year-old Patterson to consecutive life terms without parole for shooting to death James and Denise Closs, plus a 40-year term for kidnapping their only daughter.

“Judge, this is the statement of Jayme Closs,” Gramstrup said, then read the following words from the teenager, who was not present in the courtroom:

“Last October, Jake Patterson took a lot of things that I loved away from me. It makes me the most sad that he took away my Mom and my Dad. I loved my Mom and Dad very much and they loved me very much. They did all they could to make me happy and protect me. He took them away from me forever.

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