Renee Jones Schneider / AP
The Wisconsin man accused of killing a teenage girl's parents and keeping his prisoner for nearly three months, has allegedly blamed.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, said on Wednesday that he killed James and Denise Closs in October in their home near Barron, a northern Wisconsin town. He said he then abducted his 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs.
The case made national headlines when the authorities tried failed for several months to find Jayme. She fled in January after 88 days in captivity. With his help, law enforcement took place and Patterson arrested the same day.
His voice shook, Patterson simply said the word "guilty" as he was questioned by Judge James Babler. One of the defense lawyers could be heard quietly and said, "Just take your time and breathe."
Patterson was set to be guilty, said defense lawyer Richard Jones, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. Even after conversations about changing the experimental site and trying to suppress past confessions to investigators, Patterson was stuck.
"He has been consistent with it from the time we met," Jones said.
In a letter to a Minneapolis television station, Patterson said he planned to commit guilty. He said he was trying to save Jayme and her relatives. "Don't want them to worry about an experiment," he wrote.
The letter also showed "I'm sorry Jayme!" in bubble letters.
Patterson is sentenced in May. He faces the possibility of life in prison.
Prosecutors lost an armed burglary. The authorities said criminal offenses originating from Jayme's time in captivity would not be filed, which means that information about her confinement could remain private.
According to the New York Times, Patterson had trouble finding direction and seemed to be lacking companion:
"Former high school classmates and teachers described Mr Patterson as a quiet, book boy who struggled to find his way to the exam. joined the marines but was sent home from boot camp after five weeks neighbors said he sloped from job to job and spent much of his time alone. "
In a criminal complaint filed by Barron County District Attorney's Office, Patterson reportedly told the authorities he promised to "take" Jayme after seeing her step in a school bus. He said he killed his father with a shotgun at the entrance to the family home before he found Jayme hiding in the bathroom, in the bathtub with his mother. He taped Jayme's head, wrists, and ankles, killing his mother mortally and dragging the girl across the yard to the trunk of his car.