Balloon boy dad now on home detention
March 24, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say the Colorado man who pleaded guilty to falsely influencing the sheriff by saying his son had floated off in a huge balloon is completing his sentence at home.
Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said Wednesday that Richard Heene (HEE-nee) finished his time in jail and with a work-release unit. He was moved earlier this month to home detention and is wearing an ankle monitor.
Heene started serving a 90-day sentence Jan. 11. His wife, Mayumi, pleaded guilty to filing a false report and must serve 20 days in jail.
Sheriff’s officials say the couple’s report Oct. 15 that their young son had floated away in a UFO-shaped helium balloon was a hoax.