Papini Enters Guilty Plea In Federal Court, Sentencing Set For July 11th

Sherri Papini pled guilty Monday after making a plea deal with federal prosecutors, admitting that she planned and participated in her own hoax kidnapping. In November of 2016 the 39-year-old mother of two vanished while jogging near her Mountain Gate home. When she reappeared about 3 weeks later in Yolo County she was bound, beaten and burned. She claimed to have been abducted by two Hispanic women intending to traffic her but she now admits she was actually with an ex-boyfriend in Costa Mesa. Papini was arrested March 3rd and released on bail a few days later, and on April 12th she agreed to plead guilty. She still could get a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in federal prison and a Half Million Dollars in fines, as well as 6 years of supervised release following the prison term. However, the actual sentencing range is estimated to be 8 to 14 months. She likely will be ordered to pay restitution totaling around $158,000 to the California Victims Compensation Board and the Social Security Administration, as well as $149,000 to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and $2,500 to the FBI. She was apologetic and remorseful in court. Sentencing is July 11th.