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Balloon boy parents sentenced


“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.”

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

It’s really sad that people will do anything for fame these days. With reality tv becoming a booming business we have created a nation of people who devote more time to how they can become a star by acting like stupid idiots than they do to who running their country. The fact that we have to waste tax money searching for a missing boy who is sitting in an attic is absolutely ridiculous.  This couple should be ashamed that they are that desperate for attention.

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  1. Jingle
    December 23, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    responsibility is important, money and fame could hurt.
    Thank you for the great post!

    • December 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      I agree! Thanks for putting in a comment.

  1. December 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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