Convicted killer Jake Patterson apparently got into a fight over Jayme Closs, the young girl he kidnapped last year after killing her parents in their Wisconsin home.
Patterson is serving a life sentence for the murders of Barron couple, James and Denise Closs, and for kidnapping their only daughter, Jayme. Officials transferred Patterson from Wisconsin to a prison in another state his own safety in July.
Although corrections officials will not disclose his location, the Green Bay Gazette reports that Patterson was transferred to a prison in New Mexico. The outlet obtained court documents from the New Mexico Department of Corrections, which detailed an altercation between Patterson and two other inmates.
According to court documents, at least two New Mexico inmates didn’t want Patterson around because of his charges involving a young girl. When Patterson walked into the gym area of the prison, the inmates approached him and told him to leave. One of the inmates reportedly “questioned his case involving a 14-year-old girl.”
Patterson apparently tried to convince the inmates to let him stay, but one of them warned Patterson not to “test” him.
The inmate then took an “aggressive approach” toward Patterson. The incident was captured on security footage, according to court records. Patterson punched the inmate and the pair brawled until an officer broke the fight up. Officials placed Patterson in “restricted housing,” according to the outlet.
Prior to his transfer, Patterson got into an altercation at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun. Although the details of what caused the altercation are unclear, Patterson was caught yelling at two inmates.
“Say that one more time mother f****** and I will kick your a**,” Patterson reportedly said.
Court records indicate that New Mexico was the only state that would assume responsibility for Patterson. His high-profile case reportedly put a target on his back. Officials are concerned that the details surrounding Patterson’s case will be known no matter what prison he’s in.
Patterson also lied to officials at the New Mexico prison’s processing center upon his arrival. He allegedly said that he helped a 17-year-old girl run away from home, when in fact, Jayme was 13 at the time and forced at gunpoint out of her home and into Patterson’s car.
After Patterson shot Jayme’s father, he put a gun to her mother’s head and shot her while the teen girl watched in horror. He then took her to his remote home in Ogden, where he held her captive for 88 days.
Jayme eventually escaped when Patterson left for the day. After she flagged down a woman walking her dog, they contacted the police, who arrested Patterson the same day.
Jayme is now living with relatives, who said she’s getting stronger each day.
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[Feature Photo: Jayme Closs, Handout/Jake Patterson, Police Handout]