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Heene Sentenced to Jail for L.A. Crime

10/19/2009 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Richard HeeneTMZ has learned of more legal woes for Richard Heene. He has a criminal record in L.A. and was sentenced to jail.

Heene was arrested in April 1997 and charged with misdemeanor vandalism, vehicle tampering, and disturbing the peace. We do not know the name of the victim.

On April 15, 1997, Heene pled no contest to vandalism and the other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 2 years probation and ordered to pay restitution of $100. It appears from the court record Heene served only 4 days and was then placed under house arrest.

The case was prosecuted by the L.A. City Attorney.

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31.

sandyw    

Mom lies, Dad lies, they teach kids to lie. Wow, what great role models. Hate to see what anger challenged Dad did and said to that poor boy who only told the truth!

1828 days ago
32.

Dawn    

Foxnews reports that they want to turn themselves in to avoid the media attention of a "perp walk" and avoid having their kids see them arrested. I say tough s**t. They had no problem with calling the media before they even called the cops.

1828 days ago
33.

Looking4You    

Add our court judgment to his CA record. We are victims of his wreckless driving and expired insurance back in 2006.

Please contact me if anyone can help us get our money - we have a judgment against him and we could really use the money.

1828 days ago
34.

hoping he gets the max    

so he paid his debt to society and were still talking about it. Wow

1828 days ago
35.

"Fraud"ulent    

I say give him more time...what else happens in this world thats insane as this.

If they don't report about this guy, it'll be another nutjob anyway. Besides, hes getting lower and lower, Im sure this is degrading his family as much as some of us want him see him getting jailed.

IM sure he doesn't want this attention anymore, this will technically destroy his chances...(As to much we are starting to hate him). Not at this rate, he'll get a reality tv show, unless a tv producer likes to put someone on tv we all like to throw garbage at. Its potentially hurting his chances for a reality tv show as well.

But I do feel his children should be left out of the news, however for the parents. I don't see any remorse in what news website pop up for them, they deserve it in every way.

1828 days ago
36.

hugsandhissyfits    

here's his ex girlfriend i bet she will know something...she seems to have dated him around that time.http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/niceville-21673-balloon-father.html

1828 days ago
37.

Diana Strain    

Excuse me for defying the majority opinions, but I'm grateful to Richard Heene and his family for becoming part of our lives.

I don't want to hear about what to do in Afghanistan. I don't want to hear about why we can't have universal healthcare. I am tired of the depressing economic news.

Finally we get something else to focus on, a crazy zany family and a stunt that kept us all hypnotized for two hours, holding our breath, more compelling than a car chase on every channel, and in the end it turns out we were snookered.

Terrific!

And in the end, no real harm was done.

1827 days ago
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