Keith Papini, 36, filed for divorce Wednesday and applied to speed up the process in a second filing made yesterday, DailyMail.com can reveal
Two days earlier Sherri Papini, 39, of Redding, California pled guilty to making false statements to a federal agent and mail fraud
In 2016, Sherri Papini mysteriously vanished on Nov. 2, setting off a frantic three-week search that ended with her reappearance on Nov. 24
She made her reappearance three weeks later, 200 miles away from where she was last seen
The mother-of-two who told cops she spent 22 days in captivity, beaten and starved by Hispanic women, has admitted to faking her own kidnapping
An ex-boyfriend has said that she had asked him to help her escape an abusive husband, and spent her time ‘missing’ at his home
Papini maintained her story about being kidnapped when FBI investigators confronted her with evidence which detailed how the entire story was a hoax
Papini agreed to plead guilty last week in a deal with prosecutors who recommended reduced sentences estimated to be between eight and 14 months
She also agreed to pay restitution of $308,000
Papini who was facing 25 years, is scheduled for sentencing on July 11
The husband of central character in a high profile abduction that was not – California ‘supermom’ Sherri Papini – has filed for divorce, two days after she pled guilty to multiple counts of fraud.
In 2016, Sherri Papini mysteriously vanished on November 2, setting off a frantic three-week search that ended with her reappearance on November 24. Six years later she has now admitted, that her kidnap story is a hoax.
The 39-year-old admitted to faking her own 2016 kidnapping during a zoom hearing on Monday and conceded that she had not been taken by two Hispanic women but had spent the time away at the apartment of ex-boyfriend James Reyes in Costa Mesa.
She maintained the deception for years after her return, with husband Keith, 36, only realizing she had lied when Papini was confronted at her home by Federal investigators.
Keith Papini this week filed court papers to end their marriage. Initial papers were filed on Wednesday. A day later the cuckoled husband sought an expedited dissolution process, in a second filing.
The estrangement in the union was apparent as Sherri’s parents and sister were in court in support, for her recent court appearances, while her husband Keith Papini was noticeably absent.
Furthermore, in the criminal complaint filed last month, Keith Papini was described as Sherri’s ‘then husband’.
The couple who wed in 2009, share two children, Tyler, 8, and10-year-old Violet.
Sherri Papini sobbed in court Monday as she admitted faking her own abduction six years ago.
The Redding, California mom offered no explanation for her elaborate hoax during the half-hour court hearing.
In a trembling voice, the defendant responded with only ‘Yes, Your Honor,’ and ‘No, Your Honor’ as Senior U.S. District Judge William Shubb outlined the charges and evidence against her.
‘I feel very sad,’ she said tearfully when Shubb asked her how she was feeling.
The mother of two who claimed she was kidnapped in 2016 before suddenly reappearing three weeks later almost 200 miles away from where she was last seen, has claimed that she was abducted and held captive for 22 days, by two Hispanic women.
Police say instead, she spent that time with her ex-boyfriend, James Reyes, who she tricked into harboring her by claiming she wanted to escape her abusive husband.
She had been charged with lying to federal investigators and fraudulently obtaining $30,000 from the state’s victim compensation board.
Papini agreed to plead guilty in a deal with prosecutors reached last week. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentencing on the low end of the allowed range. It is anticipated that Papini receive a sentence ranging between eight and 14 months behind bars, down from the maximum of 25 years for the two charges.
She is scheduled to be sentenced July 11.
Sherri Papini also agreed to pay restitution that includes the cost of the search for her that covered several Western states, and the subsequent investigation into the ‘two Hispanic women’ she said had kidnapped her at gunpoint. The chargeback of $308,000 will go to the California Victim Compensation Board, Shasta County Sheriff’s office, Federal Bureau of Investigations and Social Security Administration.
In a statement issued through her attorney, the defendant apologized for the pain she caused her family and friends.
‘I am deeply ashamed of myself for my behavior and so very sorry for the pain I’ve caused my family, my friends, all the good people who needlessly suffered because of my story and those who worked so hard to try to help me.
‘I will work the rest of my life to make amends for what I have done,’ Papini said in the statement.
Papini had told a wild tale of having been abducted and held captive by two gun-wielding Hispanic women, but no arrests were ever made in a seemingly motiveless crime that baffled investigating officers.
Despite her detailed account of the abduction to authorities, skepticism had long surrounded the claims.
The hoax punctured, Sherri Papini was finally arrested last month following the six-year investigation once it came to light that she had actually spent the time she claimed to have been kidnapped at the residence of an ex-boyfriend.
After her arrest she struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which she agreed to plead guilty to two counts of mail fraud and lying to a law enforcement officer. Those charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years and five years, respectively.
When Papini was found, she had bindings on her body and self-inflicted injuries including a swollen nose and blurred ‘brand’ on her right shoulder. She had other bruises and rashes on many parts of her body, ligature marks on her wrists and ankles, and burns on her left forearm.
She had told cops that the two Hispanic women had branded her on one shoulder, had cut her long blonde hair short and had broken her nose.
‘She appeared to have lost a considerable amount of weight. She had been branded on her right shoulder, although the exact content of the brand was indistinguishable.
‘[Sherri] Papini’s nose was swollen, she had bruises on her face, rashes on her left arm and left upper inner thigh as well as other parts of her body, ligature marks on her wrists and ankles, burns on her left forearm, and bruising on her pelvis and the fronts of both legs.’
The married mother-of-two kept up her duplicity as recently as August 2020 when in fact there was no kidnapping, she admitted in her guilty plea.
Papini has offered no rationale for why she did it.
Her attorney, William Portanova, said last week that he doubts even she knows.
He suggested ‘a very complicated mental health situation,’ and said her long-delayed acceptance of responsibility and punishment is part of the healing process.
A ‘missing’ sign for Sherri Papini, near the location where she was believed to have gone missing. Papini, whose disappearance and mysterious reappearance set off a frantic three-week search more than six years earlier has admitted it was a hoax
Papini said Monday that she has been receiving psychiatric care for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder ever since her return – more than $30,000 worth of treatment for which she billed a state victim compensation fund and which is now part of her restitution.
Prosecutors say her faked kidnapping wasn´t impulsive, and that she planned it for more than a year without her husband knowing. The former boyfriend told investigators they didn´t have sex while she stayed with him.
Experts say Papini’s organization and planning would seem to make conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression an unlikely explanation.
The speculation is that she may have expected that the kidnapping hoax would bring her ‘fame and fortune,’ because aside from the victim compensation, she must now repay nearly $128,000 in disability payments.
Separately, she also benefitted from a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $49,000 to help the family.