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90 days in jail for balloon boy's dad

 

December 23, 2009



FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP)

The couple who carried out the balloon boy hoax both have been sentenced to jail for the stunt. A judge this morning 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 serve 20 days behind bars af ter 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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