Balloon Boy Dad Richard Heene Begins 90-Day Jail Sentence
The Colorado man who admitted orchestrating the Balloon Boy Hoax last fall reported to jail Monday to begin a 90-day jail sentence. Richard Heene drew national attention last October, when his 6-year-old son Falcon was believed to be trapped in a flying saucer-like balloon soaring over the Rockies.
He pleaded guilty in November to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant.
Richard turned himself at the Larimer County Detention Center in Fort Collins, Colorado on Monday morning. Prosecutors said he and his wife, Mayumi Heene, staged their son’s disappearance to generate publicity for themselves because they wanted to star in a television reality show. During an appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live last week, Heene denied that the Balloon Boy Saga was a hoax and insisted he and his wife only plead guilty to save her from deportation back to her native Japan.
Mayumi will begin serving a 30-day jail term later this year.