Sherri Papini, Pleads Guilty To Faking Kidnapping to Be With Ex-boyfriend!

Sherri Papini, Pleads Guilty To Faking Kidnapping to Be With Ex-boyfriend!

Sherri Papini, Pleads Guilty To Faking Kidnapping to Be With Ex-boyfriend!

Sherri Papini, Faked Kidnapping to Be With Ex-boyfriend Leading to 3 Week Search
Sherri Papini

Sherri Papini, a mother of two in Northern California was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in prison for faking her own kidnapping so she could be with an old boyfriend, which led to a three-week, multi-state search before she showed up on Thanksgiving Day in 2016.

Sherri Papini Pleaded Guilty staging an Abduction!

Sherri Papini, 40, pleaded guilty last spring to staging the abduction and lying to the FBI about it. As part of a plea agreement, Papini is required to pay more than $300,000 in restitution.

Sherri Papini’s probation officers and attorney, recommended that she spend a month in custody and seven months in supervised home detention, while prosecutors wanted her to serve the eight months behind bars.

Police Release Sherri Papini Interogation Video

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The Judge over Sherri Papini’s Case wasn’t Playing Games!

Sherri Papini after leaving court!
Sherri Papini after leaving court! (Image courtesy of NPR)

Senior U.S. District Judge William Shubb wasn’t willing to be generous and disregarded everyone’s recommendation before slapping Panini with an 18-month prison sentence in order to deter others from trying it again.

The judge said he considered the seriousness of the offense and “the sheer number of people who were impacted.” They included law enforcement officers who searched for her, the community members who believed her for four years, those who lived in fear because of her fake story of being abducted by two Hispanic women, and the Latino community that was falsely viewed with suspicion.

Papini quietly answered, “Yes, sir,” when the judge asked if she understood the sentence. Previously, she choked back tears as she gave a statement to the court accepting responsibility and admitting her guilt.

She didn’t speak to reporters as she was surrounded by more than a dozen supporters outside the courtroom, some of whom hugged her tightly. They included her husband’s sister, who she’s living with since splitting with her husband. He filed for divorce and sought custody of their children after she pleaded guilty.

Speaking briefly outside of the courthouse after the hearing, defense attorney William Portanova called it “a fair sentence, even though it’s longer than we wished.”

Reporting to Prison on November 8th!

His client was ordered to report to federal prison on Nov. 8. The judge wasn’t finished with Panini just yet. Shubb ordered her to serve an additional 36 months of supervision after her release, a year longer than probation officers originally sought. Depending how you see it, Sherri Papini could’ve actually gotten off easy. The charges she plead guilty to carried a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison.

Obviously the court did what it thought was right, and frankly it’s difficult to argue with the justice of the sentence,” Portanova said. “I’m not really surprised because I understand the court’s analysis. … To the extent the judge wanted to underline the wrongness of her actions and tattoo it further on her soul, he accomplished that for sure.”

Why did Sherri Panini stage an abduction?

Sherri Papini, Faked Kidnapping to Be With Ex-boyfriend Leading to 3 Week Search

Truth is, Papini has never given a rational explanation for her behavior, which included months of careful planning before she disappeared and temporarily abandoned her children. Her actions stumped even independent mental health experts who said they didn’t conform with any typical diagnosis.

Her attorney William Portanova blamed it on “what sounds like a fierce storm that was going on for a long time inside her head” but said she is now a changed woman.

Papini offered no explanation during her brief, tearful comments to the judge before she was sentenced.

But both the judge and Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica Alegria said her comments were simply more manipulation.

Judge Shubb said there is little precedent in guiding his sentencing since Panini’s case,

Sherri Papini was in search of a non-sensical fantasy!

Sherri Papini, Faked Kidnapping to Be With Ex-boyfriend Leading to 3 Week Search

Portanova said in a pre-sentence court filing that Papini was “in pursuit of a non-sensical fantasy” when she fled to a former boyfriend in Southern California, nearly 600 miles south of her home in Redding.

He dropped her off along Interstate 5 about 150 miles from her home after she said she wanted to go home.

Passersby found her with bindings on her body, a swollen nose, a blurred “brand” on her right shoulder, bruises and rashes across her body, ligature marks on her wrists and ankles, and burns on her left forearm. All of the injuries were self-inflicted and were designed to substantiate her story.

The wounds were a manifestation of her “unsettled masochism” and “self-inflicted penance,” Portanova wrote. And once she began, “each lie demanded another lie.”

Sherri Papini Plea Agreement!

As part of the plea agreement, she has agreed to reimburse law enforcement agencies more than $150,000 for the costs of the search for her and her nonexistent kidnappers, and repay the $128,000 she received in disability payments since her return.

Judge Shubb said she’ll never repay the money,

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