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Thread: "Balloon Boy" parents sentenced
12-23-09, 09:05 PM #1
"Balloon Boy" parents sentencedA contrite Richard Heene, whose plan for fame went awry after he and his wife falsely reported that their son was drifting over eastern Colorado in a balloon, apologized Wednesday to a judge.
"I'm very, very sorry. And I want to apologize to all the rescue workers out there and the people who got involved in the community. That's it," Heene said quietly at his sentencing.
His wife, Mayumi, sat quietly and declined to speak.
Larimer County Judge Stephen Schapanski, who chose to adhere to a plea agreement, sentenced Richard Heene to 90 days in custody, to begin January 11. Heene can spend the last 60 days of the sentence in a work release program but must return to the jail at night, the judge said.
Heene will be on probation for four years and must complete 100 hours of community service each year during that period.
Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20 days in jail -- less than the 60 days sought by prosecutors. The judge said her term would begin after her husband's jail sentence ends, so at least one of them can be with their children during that time.
12-23-09, 09:10 PM #2
Good. They tied up vital emergency services and resources on a scam. They should have to pay restitution as well
12-24-09, 01:02 AM #3
My question is was the sentences harsh enough?
12-24-09, 03:48 AM #4
Nope, they should be tied up to balloons and sent sailing.Nothing clever here
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