Balloon Boy's Dad Heading For The Slammer

The jail stint will be followed by 60 days of work release. A judge also ordered Richard Heene to pay restitution for the search and rescue, which a local newspaper (Fort Collins Coloradoan) says has been pegged at $48,000.

Despite his guilty plea and emotional apology at his sentencing, Heene now says the incident was not a hoax. In media interviews, he's saying he truly thought his son was aboard the balloon in October. The tracking of the balloon captured national attention.

Heene told NBC's "Today Show" that he only pled guilty to protect his wife, so she wouldn't be deported to Japan.

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  • by BUBBA Location: Maybe this time on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    This is such a sad story.I hope he gets the best treatment that the taxpayers can afford. (Third attempt WITN, Sensorship at it's best)
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Jan 11, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Sad part is from what I saw of him in an interview on I believe was the Today Show, he hasn't learned a thing. He is more than likely enjoying all the attention. If we would ignore him, he would probably go away.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:58 AM
    Guess this burst his bubble
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:29 AM
    This is great! Dad can be a 'true' example of what happens when you 'LIE'. Kids need to learn young that lies and crime do not pay. Thats what dear ol Dad gets for including his children. Just more stupid parents.

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