MENOMONIE, Wis. (KARE) — The man who admitted his guilt in the murders of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of their 13-year-old daughter Jayme has been moved from the Barron County jail.
Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed that 21-year-old Jake Patterson is now being held in the Dunn County Jail in Menomonie, Wisconsin, but would not elaborate on why he was relocated.
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The most common reasons for moving an inmate is a concern for that prisoners safety, or because their behavior is causing disruption. Lack of space can also motivate a transfer.
This is not the first time Patterson has been moved. In January the confessed murderer and kidnapper was moved from the Barron County Jail to the lockup in nearby Polk County. At that time it was reported that the reason for the move was because a relative of Jayme's worked at the Barron County Jail, but Sheriff Fitzgerald at the time called the transfer an “administrative decision” and said no one had threatened Patterson.
Patterson will be transferred back to Barron County in time for his sentencing on May 24.