I don’t know, I feel sorry for Mayumi and her son Balloon Boy. Today, their attorneys announced that both parents would plead guilty to the Balloon Boy stunt. Not exactly the kind of fame they were looking for but they definitely got their 15 minutes.
Mayumi Heene will plead guilty to falsely reporting to authorities, a misdemeanor. Richard Heene’s charge – attempting to influence a public official – is a felony. The deal stipulates a probation sentence for both charges.
The deal avoids more serious felony charges against Mayumi Heene, such as perjury, that could result in her deportation to Japan.
“Upon reviewing the evidence, arguably, Mayumi could have possibly ended up being deported and Richard could have proceeded to trial and had a good chance at an acquittal,” lawyer David Lane said. “This, however, would have put the family at grave risk of seeing a loving, caring, compassionate wife and mother ripped from the family and deported. That was not an acceptable risk, thus these pleas.”
Who knows, maybe they will still get a book deal or something out of this?