Just when you thought you’d heard the last of the Balloon Boy incident comes new word that Richard and Mayumi Heene, the parents of the so-called Balloon Boy Falcon Heene, will plead guilty to charges that they orchestrated the hoax that cost local government tens of thousands of dollars and very valuable man-hours. As you may recall, the Heenes called 911 to report that their son Falcon flew away in a balloon only to have it turn out that no such thing happened and that the whole incident was a hoax to try and generate media attention for the fame-hungry family. After Mayumi Heene admitted that the incident was a hoax, mastermind Richard Heene had no recourse but to plead guilty to charges as well:
The Colorado parents in last month’s notorious “balloon boy” case will plead guilty to offenses for creating a hoax that their son had flown away in a large balloon. Richard and Mayumi Heene are to plead Friday morning in Larimer County Court, according to a statement issued by Richard Heene’s attorney. Mayumi Heene is expected to plead guilty to an offense of false reporting to authorities, a misdemeanor of the lowest level, according to the attorney. Richard Heene is expected to plead guilty to a felony offense of attempting to influence a public servant. Though the Heenes could receive jail time for the charges, the prosecutor has recommended probation, Richard Heene’s attorney said. The threat of deportation for Mayumi Heene was a factor in the plea deal negotiation, the attorney’s statement said. “Mayumi Heene is a citizen of Japan. As such, any felony conviction or certain misdemeanors would result in her deportation, even though her husband and children are Americans,” the statement said. “It is supremely ironic that law enforcement has expressed such grave concern over the welfare of the children, but it was ultimately the threat of taking the children’s mother from the family and deporting her to Japan which fueled this deal.” Prosecutors in the case could not be immediately reached for comment.
Thank goodness … even if these idiots aren’t thrown in the slammer (where they belong) I’m very glad to know that they will have their sorry asses hauled into open court and that convictions will be added to their records. While I personally do not believe they are fit parents to care for their 3 children, I suppose it would be too cruel for the children to suffer in foster homes for their parents crimes. This story has been insane from the get-go … I’m glad it’s finally about to be over, once and for all.