By Don Thompson
Sacramento, California ( Associated Press) – A woman in northern California pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping and lying to the FBI. Thanksgiving in 2016.
Reding, 39-year-old Sherry Papini, did not elaborate on the fraud.
“I’m very sorry,” she said, when asked by Chief Justice William Schub.
“Were you kidnapped?” He later questioned her at the hearing.
“No, Your Majesty,” she replied.
“Did you lie to government agents when you said you were captured?” Shub continued.
“Yes, your glory,” she replied.
Papini agreed to plead guilty in an agreement with prosecutors last week and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11.
In both cases, the prosecutor agreed to advise on a minimum sentence of eight to 14 months, less than the maximum 25 years.
She also agreed to pay more than $ 300,000. The cost of finding her, which covers a number of Western states, and the investigation into “two Hispanic women” were overshadowed by gunfire.
Papini was with her ex-boyfriend 600 miles (966 km) from Orange County, Southern California. Three weeks later, she moved 150 miles (240 km) from her home on Interstate 5.
She had bruises on her body and self-inflicted injuries with a swollen nose and a “brand” on her right shoulder. She had other sores and rashes on many parts of her body, including ligaments on her wrists and ankles, and burns on her left arm.
A married mother of two continues to lie about the abduction in August 2020.
Papini did not give a reason for her actions.
Last week, her lawyer, William Portanova, said she doubted she knew.
He referred to a “very complex mental health condition” and part of the healing process was the acceptance of long-term delays and responsibilities.
Papini says she has been receiving psychiatric treatment for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder since her return – more than $ 30,000 worth of treatment has been sought by the government and is now part of her return.
Prosecutors say her abduction was not emotional and that she had planned it for more than a year without her husband’s knowledge. Her ex-boyfriend told investigators she had not had sex while with him.
Two mental health experts say that Papini’s organization does not seem to describe conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
Both warned that Papini had not been investigated and that many reasons were unknown to the public.
Dr. Ian Lamoreus, a forensic psychiatrist and frequent professional lecturer at the University of Arizona Medical College and Mayo Clinic, said the abduction “may have brought her fame and fortune.”
And she has received a cash benefit. Separately, the GoFundMe campaign raised more than $ 49,000 to help families.
Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly. People who cheat on their own self-esteem may seek recognition or recognition, and may indicate a disorder of narcissistic or historical personality disorder.
Another possible explanation is that she pretended to be kidnapped to avoid other negative consequences, especially if Papini was a stay-at-home mom.
Lamorex, a specialist in complex criminal and civil cases, says that crisis can be a way to prevent bad consequences for people with a weak ego and a weak immune system.
According to Dr. Ziv Cohen, co-founder and medical director of Principal Psychiatry in New York, the city is “as big as the liars, and sometimes there is no big difference between the imaginary and the real.”
Cohen, who teaches at Well Cornell Medical College and Columbia University, said the case was not motivated by Papini and “deliberately created a kind of false alarm.” She hurt herself – she never really hurt anyone.
But for some pathological liars, he said, the motive was simply to deceive others, perhaps her husband and investigators.
“These patients can sometimes be very secretive and often lie to the end,” Cohen said. “They continue to persevere and when all the evidence is seen they say their version is true.”