Dramatic new video shows the moment California “supermom” Sherry Papini was exposed for lying about being kidnapped and tortured when she was actually hiding out with her ex-boyfriend.
Papini, 40, cried when two detectives from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office told her they found DNA evidence from her ex, James Reyes, and passed a polygraph test when she told them what really happened. . To video of the interview obtained by KRON4.
The clip is from August 13, 2020 – more than three years after he claimed he was kidnapped while jogging and then captured. He was joined in the room by his wife, Kate Papini, who had faithfully stood by his wife and defended his credibility for years.
Detectives asked the mother of two several times if she wanted her husband to leave the room before they “went to the next step.”
They left the couple alone in the room for several minutes, during which Sherry Papini told her husband that she “didn’t want them to find her,” referring to one of the Hispanic women who claimed to have kidnapped her. I don’t want him to be arrested. I do not want to accuse him. I don’t want them to find him.”
“Honey, obviously something’s going on here,” Kate Papini asks why, confused. Obviously there is something you are not telling me. It will be very bad if you don’t tell me.”
Sherry Papini, still lying, replies that this woman saved his life and is the reason he sees his children every night.
“No matter what happens, do you think it’s just here?” Kate Papini adds later. “Whatever happened is over. And it doesn’t matter what you say. The girl is in trouble.”
Clearly worried, he then told his wife, “You’re not making sense…I’m scared as far as I am right now.”
The video shows the detectives going back into the room and then dropping the bombshell evidence that proves Sherry Papini lied to the authorities.
“The DNA that was on you belongs to James Rees,” says a researcher.
As the detectives unravel Papini’s long story, Kate Papini folds her hands in her lap.
“we spoke [James Reyes]. We have been on the polygraph. We talked to everyone around him. We have rental agreements. Phone rental, car rental contracts. The detective tells Papini.
Everything, you told us many truths in this situation. “The reason you can describe the room is because you spent hours and days in the room, in the dark.”
He goes on, tearing her story apart piece by piece.
“The reason you’re losing weight is because you’ve stopped eating,” he says. “The reason you got a boil on your arm was because you cleaned his house. The reason why [you had] Branding is because he went to the store, got the branding tools, and branded you. The reason your nose is broken is because of a hockey stick
Police say he knows these things because the ex-boyfriend passed a polygraph test and said Papini asked him to “come pick him up in a rental car.”
Papini buries his face in his hands and starts yelling “no” as the detective continues. “There’s no way it’s James,” he said.
He then tells the detectives that he hasn’t seen Reese’s brother in the years since his death. Reyes, who lived in Southern California, was in a relationship with Papini, and the two had been friends since their youth.
“He told us what happened, and he gave us details that no one else knows,” one detective tells Papini.
Papini was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for one count of mail fraud and one count of making false statements after agreeing to a plea deal in April that also requires him to pay more than $300,000 in restitution.
Two days after pleading guilty, Kate Papini filed for divorce.
Papini disappeared for 20 days in the fall of 2016 and suddenly reappeared on Thanksgiving Day along Interstate 5 in rural Yolo County, California, with a chain around his waist and a “mark” on his shoulder.
He told police that on November 2, 2016, he was abducted by a pair of armed women while jogging near his home. She claimed the fictional duo tortured her for more than three weeks – and eventually convinced her family and friends that the ordeal was over. True, real.
He lied about the fake ordeal for years until prosecutors determined he had been with his ex at his Costa Mesa apartment.
Before the sentencing, an emotional Papini read a statement detailing his crimes, the Sacramento Bay reported.
“I am guilty of lying. I am guilty of dishonor. I stand before you willing to accept. Repent and surrender. I trust this court. I trust the officers who administer my freedom. And I trust you, your honor, to see me and hear my voice.”