“Balloon Boy” Parents Get Jail Time
Richard and Mayumi Heene, the wanna-be reality TV stars who fooled the country into thinking their six-year-old son was trapped in a hot air balloon this fall, will get jail time for their hoax.
A judge in Colorado also barred the couple from receiving any financial benefit from the stunt, which the couple hoped would earn them a prominent place in America’s voyeuristic telescape.
Richard Heene received 30 days in jail and 60 days in a work release program, while his wife Mayumi received 20 days in jail and a similar work release sentence.
The couple was also placed on probation for four years and may have to pay $47,000 in restitution.
The “Balloon Boy” incident captured the nation’s attention in October, when six-year-old Falcon Heene reportedly found himself trapped in a homemade hot air balloon that “accidentally” took off from the Heene’s backyard.
The boy was later found in his parents’ attic, and days later the incident was revealed to be nothing but an elaborate hoax.