The Vanishing Act' How Sherri Papini faked her own kidnapping: Part 2

Upon investigators confronting Sherri Papini with evidence about faking her own kidnapping, her story implodes.
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Transcript for The Vanishing Act' How Sherri Papini faked her own kidnapping: Part 2
SAY WHEN CONFRONTED BY POLICE. >> IN AUGUST OF 2020, INVESTIGATORS ASKED SHERRI AND HER HUSBAND TO COME IN. >> THANK YOU FOR COMING. WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO COME BACK TO US. >> THANKS TO THE COOPERATION OF THAT EX-BOYFRIEND, JAMES REYES, INVESTIGATORS NOW BELIEVE THEY HAVE SOLID PROOF SHERRI PAPINI'S KID THATTING WAS A HOAX. >> DNA CAME BACK TO A SPECIFIC PERSON. THAT SPECIFIC PERSON TOLD US VERY SPECIFIC THINGS. THE DNA THAT WAS ON YOU BELONGS TO JAMES REYES. WE TALKED TO HIM. HE'S BEEN IN A POLYGRAPH. WE TALKED TO EVERYBODY AROUND HIM. THE REASON YOU LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT IS BECAUSE YOU STOPPED EATING. THE REASON WHY THE BRAND, BECAUSE HE WENT TO THE STORE, BOUGHT THE BRANDING TOOLS, AND BRANDED YOU. IT'S NOT AN ABDUCTION. SHE ASKED ME TO COME HERE. >> NO. >> I RENTED A CAR -- >> NO. >> PICKED HER UP. HE PASSED THE POLYGRAPH TEST, SHERRI. >> THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. THEN WHAT DID HAPPEN, SHERRI? >> I DON'T KNOW. NO THERE'S NO WAY IT'S JAMES, THERE'S NO WAY. THERE'S NO WAY. >> THE DNA DOESN'T LIE. >> KEITH IS IN THE ROOM WHEN THEY'RE IDENTIFYING, TALKING ABOUT THE EX-BOYFRIEND, WHO SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY WITH THAT WHOLE TIME. >> YEAH. KEITH GETS UP AND WALKS OUT. SHE HAD SPUN THE STORY FOR SO LONG THAT SHE WASN'T GOING TO COME OFF OF IT. >> IT'S MY FAULT THAT I WAS FLIRTING WITH OTHER MEN. IT WAS SUCH A STUPID THING TO DO. I LOVE MY HUSBAND, I LOVE MY CHILDREN. >> THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE. >> JUST STUPID. >> SHERRI, FLIRTING WITH OTHER PEN? NOT A CRIME. LYING TO ME TODAY? YES, A CRIME. >> SHE JUST TRIED TO CONTROL THE INTERVIEW BY CRYING, PUTTING HER HEAD IN HER HANDS. >> I AM DONE SPEAKING TO YOU UNTIL I TALK TO A LAWYER. >> DID YOU EVER GET AN IMPRESSION FROM KEITH? >> HE WANTED TO LEAVE. >> I'M THE IDIOT HUSBAND THAT STAYED AROUND THE WHOLE TIME. >> HE WAS SO ANGRY. >> SO UPSET. EMOTIONAL, JUST UPSET. >> NOW YOU'RE TELLING ME -- I DON'T WANT HER ANYWHERE AROUND MY KIDS OR AROUND ME AT THIS POINT. >> I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STAGES OF THIS ARE. >> IT'S NOT WITH US TOGETHER, I'LL TELL YOU THAT MUCH. >> ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S LIKE, OUT OF NOWHERE, THE NEWS BREAKS. >> SHERRI PAPINI ARRESTED ON CHARGES SHE ALLEGEDLY LIED TO FEDERAL AGENTS ABOUT BEING KIDNAPPED. >> AND THERE'S UNDERSTANDABLY RESENTMENT IN THE REDDING HISPANIC COMMUNITY, SINCE SH SHERRI'S INFAMOUS DESCRIPTION OF THE TWO LATINA KIDNAPPERS. >> WE WERE OVERJOYED AND RELIEVED. THERE ARE NO DANGEROUS, UGLY, MASKED, GUN-TOTING, HISPANIC LATINA WOMEN HERE WANTING TO BE A DUCT YOUR CHILDREN. ESPECIALLY IF THERE'S WHITE. >> THERE'S REALLY NO LAW AGAINST FAKING YOUR OWN KIDNAPPING. WHAT IS AGAINST THE LAW IS LYING, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENT. >> IN ADDITION TO THAT, SHE'S CHARGED WITH MAIL FRAUD. BUT SPECIFICALLY MAIL FRAUD IN USING FUNDS FROM THE VICTIMS COMPENSATION BOARD FOR HER THERAPY. >> SHERRI PAPINI IS LOOKING AT UP TO 25 YEARS BEHIND BARS. AND THAT MIGHT EXPLAIN WHY SHE FINALLY DECIDED TO COME CLEAN. >> SHERRI PAPINI, CALIFORNIA MOTHER WHO FAKED HER OWN KIDNAPPING, SET TO PLEAD GUILTY. >> THERE'S A PLEA DEAL. SHE'S AVOIDING TRIAL ENTIREL. AS PART OF THIS AGREEMENT, SHE HAS TO ADMIT, WHICH SHE DID IN WRITING AND THROUGH HER ATTORNEY, THAT SHE MADE THE WHOLE THING UP. >> THIS PAST APRIL, SHERRI RELEASED A STATEMENT THAT SAID, IN PART, "I'M DEEPLY ASHAMED OF MYSELF FOR MY BEHAVIOR AND SO VERY SORRY FOR THE PAIN THAT I HAVE CAUSED. I WILL WORK THE REST OF MY LIFE TO MAKE AMENDS FOR WHAT I HAVE DONE." >> DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY? >> WHY DID YOU LIE? >> INSIDE THE COURTROOM, THE JUDGE HANDING DOWN A SHOCKER, SENTENCING SHERRI PAPINI NO 18 >>> WE FOLLOWED UP WITH KEITH TO SEE HOW HE FEELS. "THE EVENTS OF THE PAST TWO MONTHS HAVE BEEN SHOCKING AND DEVASTATING. MY CURRENT FOCUS IS ON MOVING ON AND DOING EVERYTHING I CAN TO PROVIDE MY TWO CHILDREN WITH A NORMAL, HEALTHY, AND HAPPY A LIFE AS POSSIBLE." >> KEITH HAS FILED FOR DIVORCE AND WANTS FULL CUSTODY OF THE KIDS. IF HE GETS IT, THAT COULD BE MORE PUNISHMENT THAN ANY JAIL CELL.

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