Two Major Court Cases In Session Today

Jake Patterson is scheduled to be sentenced in Barron County Court this afternoon, and Colten Treu will be arraigned in Chippewa County this afternoon.  Patterson pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, James and Denise Closs.  He’s facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping. The maximum sentence for a homicide conviction is life in prison. Colten Treu is the man charged in a hit-and-run crash last year that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother.  Last week, his legal counsel argued he could not get a fair trial in Chippewa County.  The district attorney’s office responded by saying that if an impartial jury cannot be found, a jury from outside the county would be selected, but requested the trial still be held in Chippewa County.  Treu faces eleven total charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.