December 15, 2009

Richard Heene, Mayumi Heene Sentencing: Too Light?

Richard Heene and Mayumi Heene deceived all of America, misused their own kids, and wasted lots of time money and resources with their "balloon boy" hoax. But after pleading only to minor charges, will justice be served in their sentencing?

The dad Richard Heene agreed with his lawyers to plead guilty to felony charges for attempting to influence a public servant, and faces up to six years behind bars, but it is suggested be may serve much lels than that. and the mother Mayumi accepted a misdemeanor charge of knowingly filing a false report with emergency services, which can bring up to six months in prison. Most interestingly they do not face losing custody of their children. What do you think, is this too light a punisment? Too severe?

Richard Heene, Mayumi Heene Sentencing: Too Light?
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The notorious Colorado parents received a judge's blessing to visit New York and California after pleading guilty to staging the elaborate October hoax involving their 6-year-old son and a homemade balloon. Richard Heene waved off questions about the trip as he rushed away from the Larimer County courthouse yesterday. The Heenes are expected back in court Dec. 23 for sentencing...

Richard Heene, Mayumi Heene Sentencing: Too Light?

Posted at December 15, 2009 3:43 AM

Bad Dad, and Monster Mom should both get the book thrown at them. Its a terrible thing to teach your kids (the art of lying!)

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Posted by: Shaking Head at December 15, 2009 6:55 AM

What about the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on public services to follow this hoax? Thats the real outrage. Make these guys in to celeberties, let them do apperances, make money, and while tax payers have to foot the bill. This couple is exactly whats wrong with parents today. Teaching kids wrong shortcuts to fame and fortune no matter what it costs people around them. This was no accident then turn it into sensationalism, this was a thought at plan to fraud the public for personal gain. The judge who let them off so light must have been higher than the balloon that got loose.

Posted by: rj at December 15, 2009 6:58 AM

Bad, bad parents. Using their children for the sake of attempting to advance a non existent "celebrity" career. "Fame Junkies"...That's all they are. Just like Octomom, Jon and Kate,

Posted by: Lisa at December 15, 2009 7:01 AM

I think it's ok with what they got... The banks have stolen billions from the american people and they didn't get any punishment.....

Posted by: Johnny at December 15, 2009 7:52 AM

The Heenes are the worst kind of AWs, but suggesting that they lose custody of their kids is equally horrifying to me. I grew up in foster care thanks to a vindictive grandmother, and believe me - that would be far more traumatizing to the kids, to be taken from their parents.

Foster care is a nightmare. Sexual abuse, shuttled from place to place and never told why ("your mother/father can't take care of you" is the most they'll say, even if you know it's a lie), ultra-religious families hellbent (pun intended) on "saving" you - it sucks.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 15, 2009 8:50 AM

Wasting tax payers money ,wasting every one else time and resources just to seek fame and fortune .No wonder the kids grow up to be no better .Mummy and daddy did it and got away let me try an even better scam .

Posted by: des at December 15, 2009 9:35 AM

use your spell check before you post something on the web.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 15, 2009 9:52 AM

QQ moar america is stupid for following a ballon that was clearly not that big and couldnt have possibly left with the weight that was a kid. you guys paid. GG

Posted by: josh at December 15, 2009 10:31 AM

Yes, spell check might help! As far as the parents, they're losers and unfortunately their children are most likely going to grow up to be bad parents as well. I don't think prison will help at all, but I think close monitoring by child protective services is necessary.

Posted by: mk at December 15, 2009 10:36 AM

I think they should spend some time in jail, but more importantly, I think they need to pay fees back for all the money they wasted. I don't think they should lose custody of their kids- no parent is perfect and they are loving parents who spend time with their kids which is better than a workaholic parent who uses nannies- but I think the kids should be in some sort of counseling so they can realize their parent's aren't normal and make bad decisions.

Posted by: Linda at December 15, 2009 11:14 AM

I don't think the parents should necessarily lose their kids, but I do think Child Protective Services (or whatever they have in their state) should keep a close eye on them. I am *very* disappointed that the parents are not being held accountable for the huge expense to tax payers. :-( One last thing: if I were the judge, I'd have mandated psychotherapy for both parents, and trauma counselling for the kids.

Posted by: mn at December 15, 2009 11:44 AM

Who really deserves fame in the first place? The latest now is Nicole Richie's new hair color! Frankly, I'm far more interested in the Heenes than Nicole Richie. Haven't we heard enough of Nicole Richie? I haven't heard anything about the Heenes for weeks, and now, their sentencing is coming up. So that's why they're back in the news. I'm more interested in what Heene will get, than what damn color Nicole Richie's hair is.

Posted by: Kytti at December 15, 2009 12:15 PM

Any parent who uses their child for their own personal gain, should be ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service picking up trash on the side of the highway.

Posted by: Stephanie at December 15, 2009 12:30 PM

Oh! don't take them away from their kids for that long. Just bring both of them out at the public for a couple of hours; then whoop their butt with a stick approximately 100 times like the simple & effective punishment in Singapore.

Posted by: Truly at December 15, 2009 2:14 PM

I agree with linda no parent is perfect and they do love their children they are just greedy and will do anything for fame and money. the children will need counseling to help them understand that type of behavior is so wrong and that you will never get anywhere positive in life like that. They do deserve time in jail and a fine needs to be paid too. that was horrible how they played that out and actually tried to get the son to go through with it. sad so say but without help those children will end up being some of the best con artist around. watch out banks and everyone else here they come and you can only blame the parents for making them think its ok.

Posted by: jj at December 15, 2009 2:25 PM

I think there should be no punishment and they need to get over it. That is what they wanted was attention, so don't give them any!

Posted by: Anonymous at December 15, 2009 3:13 PM

I think that not only should these people have to pay all expenses that racked up because of this hoax, they should also be barred from making any profits that you know they are after with books and TV shows.

Posted by: John at December 15, 2009 4:47 PM

I agree that the parents should be presented with a bill for the public services that were expended on trying to "rescue" the boy. If that means one or both of them has to work it off with community service, so be it.

The should also be remanded to family counseling, so that SOMEONE can explain to these children the basic difference between right and wrong. But as dreadful as the parents' motives were, I don't think it would serve the children to be torn from their parents.

If there was clear evidence of abuse, of course, yes, they should be protected. But we can't break up a family because we don't agree with their moral philosophy. Or lack of moral fiber, either.

Posted by: L.Ann at December 18, 2009 8:23 AM

I say hit them were it hurts ,the pocketboook....I am tired of the public getting away with things that we the community have to pay for one way or another..........

Posted by: worried at December 18, 2009 11:54 AM

Not only did this couple put their kids at risk, think of the rescue effort and time the different agencies spent to no avail. Those emergency crews may have missed an accident where they were really needed. They should pay.

Posted by: Bodine at December 18, 2009 12:30 PM

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