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Richard Heene, the father of "Balloon Boy" Falcon Heene, has turned himself in to police, after orchestrating the hoax last month that had America glued to their televisions. After being formally charged on Thursday, Richard surrendered himself in to the Larimer County Detention Center, where he was booked and released on $5,000 bond.
David Lane, an attorney for the Heene family, released a statement Thursday morning saying that Richard's wife, Mayumi Heene, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities, while Falcon's dad will plead guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant. Both are scheduled to be in court Friday morning to enter their guilty plea. Richard could face a sentence of up to 90 days in jail, and Mayumi up to 60 days.
All of this trouble stemmed from an incident last month, when the Heenes called 911 claiming their 6-year-old son had climbed into their homemade weather balloon and took off into the air. When the balloon landed almost two hours later it was empty -- and Falcon was found hiding in his parents' attic. When the Heenes were questioned about the incident, they originally claimed it was accidental, before finally admitting it was an outrageous hoax.
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