Balloon Boy’s parents Richard and Mayumi Heene have been sentenced for this hoax. Larimer County, Colo. Judge Stephen Schapanski sentenced the couple to a total of 110 days in jail and eight years probation. He also prohibited the couple from making any money off the balloon boy fiasco during that time.
Richard Heene must spend 30 days in jail beginning Jan. 11, 2010. The remaining 60 days of his 90-day sentence may be carried out under “work release.” Presumably, not on a reality show set. During those work release days, he will spend the nights in prison.
He must also write a letter of apology to the community and public service agencies that tried to rescue their son.
Mayumi Heene received 20 days jail time to be served after Richard Heene completes his sentence, four years supervised probation. She will also serve 120 hours community service, a mandatory letter of apology and a stipulation that she cannot profit from the fiasco for at least four years.
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