The man accused of kidnapping and holding 13-year-old Jayme Closs for nearly three months and killing her parents has pleaded guilty.
Jake Patterson, who's 21, now faces a maximum of two life sentences for the two first-degree intentional homicide charges and 40 years for kidnapping.
Before accepting the plea, Circuit Court Judge James Babler questioned the defendant: "Mr. Patterson, do you understand that by pleading guilty you give up your right to a trial? You understand that by pleading guilty you give up your right to maintain silent?”
Last October, after spotting Closs getting on a school bus, Patterson broke into the family home in Barron, Wis., shot and killed her parents, and kidnapped Closs. She escaped in January.
Patterson will be sentenced in May.