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'Balloon Boy' Parents Get Jail Time

'Balloon Boy' Dad Gets Jail Time, Probation
Richard Heene Apologizes For Hoax
P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press Writer

POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009
UPDATED: 11:12 am CST December 23, 2009

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Richard Heene, the man who carried out the "balloon boy" hoax, is sentenced to four years of probation and 90 days in jail, including 60 days of work release.

Before he was sentenced, Heene said he was sorry for the hoax, especially to the rescue workers who chased down false reports that his 6-year-old son had floated away.

Richard Heene choked back tears as he stood before a judge and apologized: "I do want to reiterate that I'm very, very sorry."

Prosecutors say a message needs to be sent to other self-promoters that they will be punished for orchestrating hoaxes.

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

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