Balloon Boy Hoax Charges?

What happened to the parents of the Balloon Boy? Everything turned up to be a hoax and there were charges against them but then nothing happened.
Were the charges dropped? Where are the parents of the balloon boy now?
A hoax like this should be penalized with prison.

asked by Pork in Law & Ethics | 1968 views | 12-23-2009 at 10:56 PM

A judge in Fort Collins, Colorado State, sentenced both parents who carried out the balloon boy hoax to jail.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to charges that they carried out the balloon stunt in October to promote a reality TV show.

The father, Richard Heene, was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, which includes 60 days work release that will let him pursue work as a construction contractor while doing his time.

He also received four years probation and was prohibited from receiving any kind of financial benefit from the case during the period of his probation.

Heene's wife, Mayumi, received a lesser sentence due to her limited involvement in the hoax. She was given 20 days in jail, which she was to serve upon her husband's release. Her time served is flexible -- she can report to jail on 10 weekends, for example --so the children are cared for, the judge said.

answered by Marie | 12-23-2009 at 10:59 PM

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