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Keith Papini biography: 13 things about Redding, California man

Keith A. Papini is a white man from Redding, Shasta County, California, United States. He is Suzanne Papini‘s brother and Rod Rodriguez‘s stepson.

Aside from Redding, Keith has lived in other parts of California including Crescent City and Shasta Lake. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He earned his associate’s degree in administration of justice from Shasta College in Redding.
  2. He is 1 year younger than his wife Sherri Papini. They have two children together.
  3. In October 2005, he started working at Best Buy as an elite services specialist.
  4. In 2009, he and Sherri got married.
  5. On November 2, 2016, he became concerned when he returned from his job at Best Buy and could not find Sherri at their Redding residence.
  6. When Sherri went missing from November 2, 2016 to November 13, 2016, their two children were attending daycare. During those days, she was voluntarily with her former boyfriend James Reyes in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California where she systematically harmed herself to make her kidnapping story convincing.
  7. On November 9, 2016, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Anthony Bertain announced that he was not a person of interest in the disappearance of Sherri. He passed a lie-detector test and no physical evidence linked him to her disappearance. On November 15, 2016, he and his sister-in-law Sheila Koester attended the Redding City Council meeting to thank supporters.
  8. On November 24, 2016, Sherri reappeared on the side of County Road 17 near Interstate 5 in Yolo County, California and claimed that she was freed by her captors, who were two Hispanic women. When Sherri was hospitalized in Woodland, Yolo County, investigators collected male deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from her underwear and sweatpants that did not match his. It was later found that it belonged to Reyes. On November 29, 2016, he issued a statement to “Good Morning America” that Sherri was branded, covered in bruises from repeated beatings and starved down to 87 pounds. 
  9. On December 2, 2016, he spoke to the ABC News show “20/20“, which was his first on-air interview since Sherri reappeared on November 14, 2016.
  10. On August 13, 2020, he was with Sherri in a room at the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office where two detectives told them that Reyes revealed to investigators details about how she faked her kidnapping in November 2016 and they have DNA and polygraph test results that corroborate Reyes’s statements. She still maintained her fake kidnapping story.
  11. He was 38 years old when Sherri was arrested on March 3, 2022. On the same day, they separated.
  12. On April 18, 2022, Sherri pleaded guilty to one count each of making false statements to federal law enforcement officers and mail fraud. On April 20, 2022, he filed for divorce from her.
  13. On September 19, 2022, Sherri was sentenced to 18 months in prison. On the same day, he said in a statement obtained by CNN, “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 as normal, healthy and happy of a life as possible.”

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  1. Living in Redding, I can tell you how upset the whole community was when this happened. I feel for this guy who has to pick up all the broken pieces and somehow try to explain it to his kids one day.


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