Monday, February 6

Husband of Sherri Papini, who faked 2016 kidnapping, files for divorce


Sherri and Keith Papini.

Shasta County court records show Keith Papini is asking for a divorce from wife Sherri Papini, the Redding mother who now admits faking her 2016 kidnapping and lying to the FBI about what happened.

The dissolution of marriage papers were filed Wednesday in Shasta County Superior Court along with Keith Papini’s request for temporary custody of the couple’s two children.

He said in the filing he wants to protect his two children from “the negative impact of their mother’s notoriety.”

The legal grounds for the divorce are irreconcilable differences. Keith Papini is being represented by Redding attorney Russell Swartz.

The filing says Keith and Sherri Papini separated on March 3, which was the day FBI agents arrested her. The family issued a statement late that night via Utah-based publicist Chris Thomas expressing full support for her and blasting law enforcement for the way her arrest and its announcement was conducted. 

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