BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY/WQOW) - The man who kidnapped teenager Jayme Closs and killed her parents in western Wisconsin last October isn’t cooperating with the next phase of the case -- to determine a fair sentence and decide where it should be carried out.
Jake Patterson faces life in prison after pleading guilty last month to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He's scheduled to be sentenced May 24.
In a document obtained by our ABC sister station WQOW, the probation and parole agent assigned to Patterson’s case told the judge Patterson is not cooperating with the presentence investigation because his lawyers advised him against it.
A presentence investigation is routinely ordered to look into a person’s background to see if there are any extenuating circumstances the judge should consider at their sentencing.
Those factors may include their previous criminal record or pending cases, ties to the community, physical and mental health, history of substance abuse, and their willingness to accept responsibility.
Presentence investigations can also used to determine an appropriate prison and needs they might have.
Investigators don't need a defendant's cooperation, and the defendant isn't required to cooperate. The United State Probation Office says investigators can interview witnesses and relatives. They can also review a person's school, employment, financial and counseling records.
Copyright 2019 WBAY. WQOW's Savanna Tomei contributed to this report.