Balloon Boy Hoax Parents Sentenced To Jail And Probation – Richard Heene Gets 90 Days

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Richard Heene (right) Today - See Video Below

(Best Syndication News) The balloonboy stunt was too much for the judge to ignore, and the Heene parents were sentenced to jail time. Last October 15th eyes were glued to television screens all across America as a large balloon flew through the Utah skies. There were reports that a young boy might be on board (read more about the fines below).

Richard Heene broke-down in court today and began to cry saying he was “very very sorry”, but the judge wanted to make an example of the 49 year old. Judge Stephen Schapanski ordered Heene to 90 days in jail and 4 years probation. The judge also sentenced his wife, 48 year old Muyumi Heene, to 20 days in jail.

But Richard Heene may not be required to spend his entire sentence in jail.

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The judge ordered Richard to spend 90 days in jail, but the last 60 days can be served in a work-release program. After that he will begin four years of probation. His jail sentence will begin on January 11th 2010. No one in the family will be able to profit from the hoax.

Last October rescue helicopters, police and other authorities on the ground were scrambling to rescue a boy trapped in a helium balloon. After the crash landing, rescue workers discovered that the balloon was empty. They began questioning the parents and the boy later turned up safe. This was a relief to everyone following the story.

But when Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked the boy about the incident, it began to unravel. Blitzer asked Falcon Heene why he was hiding in the attic. “You guys said that, um, we did this for the show," the six-year-old replied. On October 18th the Larimer County sheriff, Jim Alderden, announced that the incident was indeed a hoax.

Besides the jail time, the family may be subject to fines and restitution for the rescue effort. The Heenes may be required to pay the FAA a $11,000 fine. Authorities are also seeking $43,000 for the rescue mission. This effort involved state and local police, the National Guard, the Forest Service and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

They might have gotten away with the hoax if it were not for Wolf Blitzer sitting in for Larry King on Larry King Live that fateful night.

By: Tom Madison



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