A couple months ago while the country watched in horror for a child to plummet to the earth from some spaceship looking apparatus put together by his dad, Richard Heene, we never expected that it was an elaborate hoax to generate excitement for a reality show. Now the Heene’s can only be expected to be captured on tape being fingerprinted and checked in to their new accommodations in a Colorado jail.
The mother, Mayumi Heene, was given a lesser sentence than her counterpart. More than likely because she had little if anything to do with the concoction of Richard Heene’s scheme. He has been known to be working on selling their family to television. Mayumi and Richard were depicted as “amateur storm chasers” in previous reports and a friend of the family, Richard Thomas, who had worked with Richard Heene told the Today show back in October [when the incident occurred] that he didn’t know they launched the balloon until he saw it on television.
Thomas’ attorney, Linda Lee, said Richard Heene was “obsessed” with trying to land a TV show and become famous. Now he and his wife will definitely be famous, just in an infamous way. The judge, Larimer County District Judge Stephen Schapanski, obviously did not want the innocent children vilified or punished in any way, so he started the Heene’s jail time after the holidays. The jail time for Richard Heene will begin first, starting January 11, according to the Associated Press. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, including a 60-day work release program, while Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20 days in jail. The judge was also quite lenient in how he will have Mrs. Heene serve her time.
Read the full details here on their sentencing.