Jake Patterson was charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one charge of armed burglary after killing Jayme Closs’s parents and kidnapping her for months. Despite the high likelihood that the homicide charges alone would send the 21-year-old to jail for the rest of his life, he did not put up any sort of defense at his recent arraignment last Wednesday. In fact, he clearly pled guilty with what appeared to be a sound mind.
Why has Patterson so willingly accepted the punishments of his crimes? Fox 9 News sat down with Attorney Joe Tamburino for some insight with a professional criminal defense lawyer.
Mr. Tamburino, who is not associated with the Jake Patterson case, accurately predicted that Patterson would plead guilty based on his behaviors leading to the arraignment. As he told Fox 9, Patterson willfully provided a full confession upfront, never back-stepped from his confession, and did nothing during preliminary stages to show he was suffering from mental illness, which would jeopardize his judgement. Effectively, Patterson’s defense counsel had no room to stage a defense because their client was insistent upon admitting guilt.
It is speculated that Patterson has felt the weight of his actions and seeks some sort of redemption by admitting his guilt outright. A clear answer to why he is pleading guilty with no apparent contest has not been given by him, though.
It is worth noting that pleading guilty is not the same as being convicted and sentenced. Patterson can withdraw his plea at any time before he is officially convicted and sentenced by the court. However, Patterson’s counsel seems certain he will not withdraw his plea for any reason. The expected sentencing will be life in prison without parole.
You can learn more about the Jake Patterson case by clicking here and viewing the full Fox 9 News article that features Attorney Joe Tamburino. To learn more about Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. in Minneapolis and our firm’s criminal defense services, you can call us at (612) 444-5020 to start a case with a free consultation.