Sherri Papini, 40, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a 2016 kidnapping hoax in which she claimed to have been kidnapped by two Latina women.
Papini pleaded guilty last spring to organizing her kidnapping and lying to authorities about it. She will pay $300,000 in restitution as part of a plea deal.
Papini’s attorney initially requested that he spend a month in custody and the rest on house arrest, but Judge Shubb handed down a sentence of 18 months.
Shubb said he considered “the sheer number of people who were affected” and the seriousness of the offense.
The nation is watching, Shubb said, paraphrasing prosecutors’ argument in a court filing. “They need the right message to be sent to them. …We have to make sure crime doesn’t pay.
Papini apologized in court, stating:
I am guilty, your honor. I am guilty of lying. I am guilty of disgrace,” she said. “What is done cannot be undone. It cannot be erased.
William Portanova, Papini’s attorney, said it was “a fair sentence, although it is longer than we wanted.”
Shubb ordered the mother to report to prison on November 8 and serve “36 months of supervision after her release, one more year than parole officers had sought. The twin charges carried a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison. NPR reports.