‘Balloon Boy’ Parents Plead Guilty

Richard, Mayumi Heene accept plea deal; sentencing set for Dec. 23.

Last Updated: November 13, 2009 @ 10:39 AM

The Colorado parents accused of pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon have pleaded guilty to charges that could bring some jail time and probation.

Richard Heene pleaded guilty to knowingly and falsely influencing Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden, a felony. Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to knowingly filing a false report with emergency services, a misdemeanor.

Sentencing was set for Dec. 23.

Read more at the Associated Press.