Balloon Boy Dad & Mom Get Jail Time

The parents who carried out the balloon boy hoax have been sentenced to jail for the stunt.

A judge sentenced Richard Heene to 90 days in jail, including 60 days of work release that will let him pursue work as a construction contractor while doing his time. The judge also imposed conditions on Heene's probation that forbid him from profiting from the balloon spectacle in any way for four years.

Heene choked back tears as he said he was sorry, especially to the rescue workers who chased down false reports that his 6-year-old son had floated away in a balloon. He said: "I do want to reiterate that I'm very, very sorry."

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to charges that they carried out the balloon stunt in October to promote a reality TV show.

Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20 days in jail.


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  • by Quadriyyyah Location: Winterville on Dec 27, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    Isn't this the same family of storm chasers from wifeswap or some other trade your wife show??????
  • by jr Location: bath on Dec 26, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    i agree with bob at 5:46. it was said on tv at the time of the event that such a balloon would not support that much weight. but, they wouldn't listen. nope, went right on just like it wasn't said by an authoratative(sp?) source. global warmers aren't listening either, and i'll bet old al gore won't get any jail time for his part in the hoax.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 25, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    Oh, they should let him profit from the story... after he's paid back all the rescue costs. And the news coverage. And the TV time. And all the volunteers at a rate of $20/hour or more. Once everybody's paid off and they're square with the state, let him make a buck off his stunt.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Dec 24, 2009 at 02:46 AM
    Is he going to jail becasue of the fraud or because the people in his county feel like fools? Im thinking a little more of the latter and not the former.
  • by Vance on Dec 23, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    I say put him in a balloon and when it gets a 1000 or so feet shoot it down.Just kidding. By the way what is this mess about reality TV? I dont see anything that compares to reality with these shows.I guess in the yankee and californian world everything is backwards just like political (IN) correctness.Right is wrong and wrong is right.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    Jail will give them reality, but what about the millions spent on the rescue, they need to repay that.
  • by P on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    He got what he wanted, REALITY!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    How about the money it cost to chase that balloon down? And how about some money for the pain and suffering I had to endure by watching it on TV until the next stupid scandal broke out?
  • by Kristin on Dec 23, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    Yeah, that'll teach him....
  • by George Location: Greenville on Dec 23, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    He should go to jail for what he did. What the heck is wrong with people these days?
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