'Balloon Boy' Parents Get Jail Time
Richard Heene Apologizes For Hoax
P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press Writer
POSTED: Wednesday, December 23, 2009
UPDATED: 11:41 am CST December 23, 2009
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Richard and Mayumi Heene, the couple responsible for the "balloon boy" hoax, have each been sentenced to jail and probation.
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 Richard Heene's probation that forbid him from profiting from the balloon spectacle in any way for four years. Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20 days in jail and four years of probation.
Richard 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.
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