Sentenced

Balloon Boy's Dad Goes to Jail

Richard Heene’s dreams of a reality-TV show won’t be coming true any time soon—the man behind this fall’s balloon boy hoax has been sentenced to prison and a harsh probation sentence, as has his wife Mayumi. In court today, Richard was sentenced to 90 days in jail including a 60-day work release, and Mayumi was sentenced to 20 days to begin after her husband is released. The pair, who twice appeared on ABC's Wife Swap, was also given four years probation, during which they are legally banned from profiting off the scandal. Mr. Heene was in tears at the sentencing and said, “I do want to reiterate that I’m very, very sorry.”