Sherri Papini: Sheriff calls woman who faked her own kidnapping a ‘deceptive self-serving narcissist’

The sheriff who investigated the fake kidnapping of Californian Sherri Papini for more than half a decade has slammed her as a “deceptive self-serving narcissist” after she confessed the kidnapping was fabricated.

Shasta County Sheriff Michael Johnson examined the disappearance of Ms. Papini, 39, in Redding, California, while out for a jog on November 2, 2016. She resurfaced 22 days later on Thanksgiving Day .

Sheriff Johnson said The sun that “she’s only sorry because she got caught”.

“Ultimately, this case was about very strong narcissistic behavior, as well as deception, deceit and selfishness, so I have a very hard time believing she’s sorry,” he said.

“Now all of a sudden we’re supposed to believe she’s remorseful for what she did?” he added. “Well, I just don’t believe it.”

Ms Papini released a statement through her lawyers on Tuesday in which she admitted her whole story was made up and that she was “deeply ashamed” of her actions.

She said she would “work the rest of my life to fix what I did.”

Ms Papini appeared in court on Wednesday for her arraignment for misrepresentation and mail fraud. His sentencing is set for July 11.

Sherri Papini and her husband Keith


She claimed she was abducted and held by two Hispanic women with guns, but no arrests have been made in a crime that baffled authorities and appeared to lack a motive.

After a six-year investigation, Ms Papini was arrested in March following the revelation that during the period she claimed to have been detained she was in fact staying at her ex-boyfriend’s home.

She was accused of lying to investigators and obtaining $30,000 from the state victim compensation board by fraud. After her arrest, she was released on $120,000 bond.

She accepted a plea deal under which she pleaded guilty to mail fraud and lying to a law enforcement officer. The charges carry maximum sentences of 20 and five years.

As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend reduced sentences and that Ms. Papini pay $300,000 in restitution to agencies at the federal, local and state levels.

“I’m really struggling to have any compassion or sympathy for her, which is what a plea deal usually tends to be,” the sheriff said. The sun. “I’m frustrated with that party because I’d like them to see them held accountable, and when you make a plea deal, you usually get a lot less punishment.”

Ms Papini was accused of lying to law enforcement during an interview in August 2020, before which FBI agents alerted her to the law stating that lying to the agency is a crime.

In a statement announcing the charges, U.S. Attorney Phil Talbert’s office said that “she was presented with evidence showing that she was not abducted.”

She told police that the women she said abducted her, scarred her shoulder, cut her hair and broke her nose.

“She seemed to have lost a considerable amount of weight. She had been branded on her right shoulder, although the exact content of the mark was indistinguishable,” court documents say. “Papini’s nose was swollen, she had bruises on her face, rashes on her left arm and upper left thigh as well as other parts of her body, ligature marks on her wrists and ankles, burns on the left forearm and bruises on her. pelvis and front of both legs.

She also claimed the women tortured her and chained her to a post in a closet, adding that they were playing “this really boring Mexican music” out loud, according to court documents.

Sherri Papini provided details to an FBI cartoonist about the two Hispanic women she says abducted her


Sheriff Johnson said he has sympathy for his family.

“I can’t imagine what they must be going through and understanding and knowing now that she has cheated them all badly,” he said. “I can’t speak for them but I have sympathy for the family.”

He added: “They must still be in shock… They’ve been supporting her all this time and she’s lying. It must be a hard pill to swallow.

“She’s only sorry now because she got caught and she’s never been sorry before. Now that she’s facing charges and jail time, suddenly she’s sorry? I’m not buying that,” he added. “And we’ll see if the judge buys it or not as far as sentencing goes.”

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