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Jake Patterson in court

Jake Patterson appears for a hearing at the Barron County Justice Center on March 27 in Barron. Patterson pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months.

The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents in northern Wisconsin has been moved to a prison in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Corrections Department has confirmed Jake Patterson has been transferred to one of its prisons from the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

Wisconsin corrections officials recommended that Patterson be sent to a maximum-security prison out of state due to security concerns because of the notoriety of the case. The 22-year-old convict was moved July 15.

But Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials refused to say where he was moved and removed him from its online inmate locator.

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A judge sentenced Patterson to life in prison in May for fatally shooting James and Denise Closs in their Barron home Oct. 15 and holding 13-year-old Jayme captive for 88 days in a rural family cabin near Gordon, about an hour north of Barron. Jayme made a daring escape Jan. 10. The girl was later honored by the state Legislature for her bravery.

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