Richard Heene pleads guilty to a felony for balloon boy hoax, gets probation

Two-time Wife Swap star Richard Heene pled guilty to a felony after turning himself in to police yesterday, and will get probation. That’s the result of the attention-seeking hoax he committed last month, which he lied about on TV while his kid puked.

The AP reports that he pled guilty “to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant” and his wife “Mayumi Heene was expected to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting,” which their attorney said “are part of an agreement to avoid possible deportation of Mayumi Heene to her native Japan should she be convicted in court of greater charges.” Both will serve probation.

‘Balloon boy’ father pleads guilty to felony [AP]

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