Balloon Dad Heene Gets 90 Days

What's worse, he can't parlay stunt into cash for 4 years
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 11:49 AM CST
Richard Heene and son Falcon after the hoax.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Richard Heene, the mastermind behind the Balloon Boy stunt, will be cooking up his schemes behind bars for 90 days after being sentenced today. After his sentence—a mixture of hard time and work release—is complete, he’ll serve four years of probation, ABC News reports. The lowest blow? During that time, the judge says, “Mr. Heene is in fact prohibited from receiving any form of financial benefit” for his actions.

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