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Jail Time for Balloon Boy Dad and Mom

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The couple who carried out the balloon boy hoax have both been sentenced to jail.

A judge on Wednesday 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. 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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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A prosecutor has urged a judge to give the man who carried out the balloon boy hoax the maximum punishment of 90 days behind bars.

The prosecutor says Richard Heene "wasted a lot of manpower and a lot of money in wanting to get himself some publicity." He says 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. They reported that their 6-year-old son was floating away in a helium balloon.

Richard Heene's lawyer believes he should be spared jail time. Heene's wife faces up to 60 days.

 

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