Balloon Parents Will Plead Guilty

Guilty pleas for Heenes will likely carry sentence of probation
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2009 8:21 AM CST
Six-year-old Falcon Heene is shown with his father, Richard, on the day of the hoax.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Richard and Mayumi Heene will plead guilty tomorrow for lying to police and rescuers and sending them on a wild balloon chase for their “missing” son Falcon, who they knew was safe at home. Mayumi will cop to false reporting, a misdemeanor, while Richard will plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony. Both are expected to get off with probation, MSNBC reports.