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Balloon Boy Parents -- We Were Full of Hot Air

11/12/2009 2:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Those awful Balloon Boy parents are finally going to fess up to what we've all suspected for weeks -- that they're guilty of engineering the entire hoax.

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Richard Heene's attorney issued a statement explaining how Richard will plead guilty Friday morning to an offense of attempting to influence a public servant -- a felony. His wife, Mayumi, will plead guilty to false reporting to authorities -- a misdemeanor.

The Heenes could receive jail time for the charges stemming from the infamous Oct. 15 incident, but Richard's attorney claims the prosecutor has only recommended probation.

The attorney also claims the couple agreed to the deal because Mayumi was afraid of being deported. The lawyer explained that she's currently a Japanese citizen and "any felony conviction or certain misdemeanors would result in her deportation, even though her husband and children are Americans."

Wonder if they would send her back in a balloon?


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they should send her back to Japan!

1809 days ago


Balloon boy you will never replace Space Bat, as space hero of

1809 days ago


Nice deal, but Richard needs to do some time and keep a low profile for the rest of his life. The kids should stay with mom, whether it is here or in Japan. I was so scared for that boy when we thought he was in the balloon and now I'm furious that it was a planned hoax. They do not deserve the privilege of raising those kids, and it is a privilege in this country to do just that. They squandered that privilege - maybe the kids should be taken from mom too. This whole lunacy is how to swallow.

1809 days ago


They should send her back to Japan and send him with her. She should seriously remove that creepy hairy mole from her face, too. They are pathetic. Was I the only one not buying their stupid prank?

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1809 days ago


Leave these two alone. We're in a recession and continued waste of taxpayer dollars on these two is a shame. Fine them and move on.

1809 days ago


These guys are great. They had the media running around like 5 year olds at the circus.
Great stunt and we need more creative thinkers to hoax the media, so they have something to do all day. They just forgot to plan the flight so it wouldn't enter DIA airspace. Besides that, it was harmless and a perfect prank except to the few folks who knew it was empty. Now do you think you can put a 40 pound object inside of a foil balloon with a 5 foot diameter and it will drift for 30 minutes. Not a chance. Americans will believe anything, because the media does.

1809 days ago


That's a lie about her being deported to Japan. If they are legally married,which they say they are, then she is an American citizen. More lies!

1809 days ago


Elizabeth, you clearly don't know how immigration law works in this country.

1809 days ago

Jane D.    

Elizabeth, marrying a US Citizen does not make a US Citizen too. Educate yourself!

1809 days ago


Yay - ship the lot of them back to Japan - the friggin end!!!!!!

1809 days ago


Elizabeth, you really should get some education on immigration laws before you spout off.

1809 days ago


Good idea...deport her NOW and get her to take her husband and children with her.

1809 days ago

A Person    

If they deport the mom those kids are gonna get whooped everyday

1809 days ago


This family type is a junk to society...deport her.

1809 days ago
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