Earlier today we learned that Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents who perpetuated the Balloon Boy hoax in Colorado last month, would be pleading guilty to charges that they illegally orchestrated the hoax. This afternoon, Richard Heene turned himself into police to officially be placed under arrest. Here is the loser’s mug shot:
The parents of a 6-year-old Colorado boy once feared missing inside a runaway helium balloon have accepted a plea deal to avoid a trial, according to the father’s attorney. Richard Heene turned himself in Thursday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance, authorities said. The Heenes will appear Friday in Larimer County Court, where they are expected to plead guilty, their attorneys said. The penalty range for the felony is two to six years in prison with a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. The range for the misdemeanor would be six months in jail with a fine of $50 to $750, the district attorney’s office statement said. The prosecutor has recommended probation, Richard Heene’s attorney said. Under the deal, Richard Heene, 49, will plead guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant. Mayumi Heene, 48 and a Japanese citizen, will plead guilty to false reporting, a misdemeanor, lawyer David Lane said in a statement. Lane said the Heenes accepted the plea deal rather than risk a trial in which Mayumi, if found guilty, would face deportation to Japan. Mayumi Heene admitted to deputies last month that she and her husband Richard “knew all along that Falcon was hiding in the residence” in Fort Collins, according to an affidavit used to get a search warrant for the home. She allegedly told investigators the incident was a hoax meant to make them more marketable to the media. “Mayumi described that she and Richard Heene devised this hoax approximately two weeks earlier…. She and Richard had instructed their three children to lie to authorities as well as the media regarding this hoax,” the affidavit said. Richard Heene had denied a hoax. The most serious charges recommended by Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden would have carried a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
To be honest, I’m thoroughly done with this whole sad ordeal … but I couldn’t resist sharing the moron’s mug shot with the entire World Wide Web. Let this be a lesson to any potential fame-hungry losers out there who are thinking about using their children to get famous … you’re an idiot, don’t do it. The world already has enough Heenes, Gosselins, Federlines, Lohans … we don’t need any others.