Jayme was not in the courtroom and the statement was read by her family’s attorney, Chris Gramstrup, reported Fox News.
“Last October, Jake Patterson took a lot of things that I loved away from me. It makes me the most sad that he took away my Mom and my Dad. I loved my Mom and Dad very much and they loved me very much. They did all they could to make me happy and protect me. He took them away from me forever,” she said.
“I felt safe in my home, and I loved my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that too. I don’t want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life. He took them away from me in a way that will always leave me with a horrifying memory.”
The teenager said she’s had her family install an alarm to make her feel safe enough to sleep and said she struggles to go out in public after what happened.
“But there’s some things that Jake Patterson can never take from me. He can’t take my freedom. He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter. I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not,” she added.
“Jake Patterson can never take away my courage. He thought he could control me, but he couldn’t. I feel like what he did is what a coward would do. I was brave. He was not.”
Jayme told the court that her kidnapper should “stay locked up forever.”
Patterson pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents. He received life sentences on May 24 for each count of murder and an additional 40 years for the abduction, meaning he will spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of parole. Wisconsin does not have the death penalty, having abolished it in 1853.
Barron County Circuit Court Judge James Babler said Patterson’s crimes rank as the “most heinous and dangerous I’ve seen in the state of Wisconsin and perhaps the United States,” reported Fox 9.
“There is no doubt in my mind you are the most dangerous man to walk on this planet,” the judge said to Patterson.
The judge called Patterson “the embodiment of evil,” reported Reuters.
Jayme’s family said at a press conference after the sentencing that they were satisfied with the verdict. Before the sentence was issued, Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, said in court: “She lives in fear, doesn’t have a normal 13-year-old life, and that’s all from what you did. I won’t let you destroy our family no more. We can be happy.”