Sherri Papini, the California mom who faked her own kidnapping in 2016, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Sacramento federal court judge Monday.

Under maximum sentencing guidelines, Papini could have received up to five years in prison for making false statements to the FBI, and a 20-year sentence for mail fraud.

Senior U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb gave Papini a longer sentence than the government prosecutors’ recommendation, which was eight months, followed by three years of supervised release.

The judge said he choose the longer sentence to deter others.

“We have to make sure that crime does not pay,” Shubb said.

Papini, 40, also was ordered to pay $309,902 in restitution for losses incurred by the California Victim Compensation Board, the Social Security Administration, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Papini wept as she addressed the court for about five minutes. 

“I stand before you humbled by the court. I’m so sorry to the many people who have suffered because of me. I thank you all,” she said. “What was done cannot be undone. I am choosing to humbly accept all responsibility.”

Papini could be seen hugging relatives and crying in the hall after the sentence was handed down.

After vanishing in November 2016, Papini turned up three weeks later, on Thanksgiving morning, saying she had been kidnapped, tortured and had injuries including a brand on her right shoulder.

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Both defense and prosecuting attorneys said Papini would not appeal the sentence.

It was not until last March, when the FBI arrested Papini, that she admitted faking her kidnapping and self-inflicting the injuries. She later admitted being voluntarily in Costa Mesa, California, with an ex-boyfriend the entire time.

In his sentencing recommendation filed last week, Papini’s defense attorney, William Portanova, had urged the court to follow recommendations from the U.S. Probation Office and impose an eight-month sentence, seven months of “intensely supervised” home detention and just one month in custody.

The lesser sentence would address Papini’s crimes, provide a “reasonable deterrent” and deliver justice “in this unique case,” Portanova wrote.

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He noted that her “painful early years twisted and froze her in myriad ways.”

Portonova wrote that Papini’s “name is now synonymous with this awful hoax. The lies are out, the guilt admitted, the shame universally seen. At this point, the punishment is already intense and feels like a life sentence.”