The couple who carried out the balloon boy hoax are headed to the pokey, according to the Associated Press.
A judge on Wednesday (Dec. 23) 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. Wife, Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20
days behind bars after her husband’s release.
Both were also sentenced to four years probation and have
been barred from profiting from the balloon spectacle during that time.
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.
Prosecutors are still seeking to recover the costs of the
search and investigation which they say could exceed $50,000.
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