'Balloon Boy' parents expected to plead guilty

Richard and Mayumi Heene, the couple accused of creating a hoax that their 6-year-old son Falcon had flown away in a foil weather balloon, will plead guilty to a felony offense of attempting to influence a public servant, according to their lawyer. CNN reports that the Heenes will enter the plea on Friday morning. The two could face jail time, though their lawyer says the prosecutor has recommended probation.

News teams spent the better part of the afternoon of Oct. 15 following the balloon thought to be carrying Falcon as it sailed over the Colorado landscape. It was later discovered that the boy was hiding in the family’s attic all along, and the parents are accused of staging the event to help attract interest for a new reality show.

EW confirmed that the Heenes were developing a reality show about their family with RDF Media USA, the same company that produces Wife Swap (on which they appeared). The project is no longer active. A rep for TLC confirms that RDF pitched the show to the network months ago and they passed.

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  • christine lundquist

    I hope in addition to probation they are expected to repay all the law enforcement costs that were incurred due to this farce.

    • SO 2009

      What Idiots!! It’s a shame that in this day and age idiotic behavior is rewarded. Next stop: BALLOON BOY-THE MOVIE!

      • Robert

        New Series coming soon to The Loser Channel(TLC): Balloon Boy + Octomom = Totally America

  • Carole

    short jail time and probation – just what they need to pitch another version of their so-called reality showcase. p.s. chrstine – these wackos will never pay back to the state/county the fees – why – because their lawyers will make sure to file that they don’t have money because they didn’t get their show

  • Frances

    A public apology to everyone whose lives were disrupted as a result of their idiocy would be very appropriate.

  • LoveTV

    I’m surprsed they didn’t say they think a tornado came and lifted the ballon to mutchkin land!!

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