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Richard Heene Released from Prison ... Kinda

2/7/2010 2:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Richard HeeneBalloon Dad Richard Heene has left the Larimer County Detention Center in Fort Collins, Co. -- but only so that he can check in to the Alternative Sentencing Unit (ASU), which is about 30 seconds away.

An officer at the prison tells TMZ that Heene has been transferred to the ASU, but couldn't elaborate further.

There are several different programs at the ASU in which Heene can participate in to serve out the remainder of his sentence -- including work release (he would leave for work but check back in at night), workenders (inmates report on Saturday and Sunday and are taken out on supervised crews to perform Community Service work) or even electronic home monitoring.

Heene was sentenced to 90 days behind bars following that whole balloon episode we'd all rather forget.

Mayumi HeeneUPDATE -- After Heene was transferred to the ASU, his loving wife Mayumi showed up to pay him a visit. Mayumi has 20 days to serve in jail for her role in the fiasco. She'll serve her time after Richard serves his.

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16.

JOSH    

boring like dish soap

1696 days ago
17.

hwteeNSTARs    

The guy was desperate, short on funds, running on empty, facing financial collapse and thought that just one good stunt would put him into the company of Kardashian, MTV, little people, drug damaged old rockers or octomom. Reality TV is a reflection of our society. In a world where too big to fail exists at the expense of too small to succeed there is an imperative to jump the boundaries. Recklessness can be rewarded, irresponsibility merits a bonus, piety is a cover for scammers and god forbid that health care for all become available, it would only allow the poor to live long enough to collect social security.

1696 days ago
18.

Janet    

The best think that ever happened to his family was him going to jail. I think she should take the kids to Japan. He can follow them when he gets out. They might become famous in Japan!! Who knows??

1696 days ago
19.

michael    

SNAPPERHEAD

1696 days ago
20.

gene yuss    

My butt hurts

1696 days ago
21.

UGGGGHHH    

YOU AND YOUR WIFE BELONG IN JAIL FOR LONG TIME . I HOPE THE AUTHORITIES ARE MAKING YOU PAY FOR THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS YOU CAUSED.

1696 days ago
22.

too sad    

such a heene weene,
no more of this wacko fam, please .

1696 days ago
23.

JMJ    

He looks too old to behaving like a kid & chasing stupid dreams.

1696 days ago
24.

elle    

I feel so sorry for those poor boys. I hope CPS is involved and checking on them regularly.

1696 days ago
25.

JJ    

Jerk Off of the Year for doing this to his Young Kids.

They should have left him and that KooK Wife of his in Jail.

Delta Airlines should have adopted the kids!


1696 days ago
26.

why?    

I doubt any one in jail would but a hand on R.H. Dude is a super bad a$$ in case you wussys didn't know. Once again people are just jealous because dude pulled off the prank of the century and the whole thing was absolutely hilarious. Remember, those with glass houses.....

1696 days ago
27.

Andolini    

Can you say Con artist??? I know you can!!! Do you see the(aligator) tracks of his tears??? Not EVEN Bubba would want that ...maybe that's his problem..

1696 days ago
28.

Karen Jackson    

A Short Jail Saty And Ridicule Means Nothing When A Fat Payday Is On The Way. TMZ should check out their present finances and when released

1696 days ago
29.

Gene    

Chicken head, Are You insecure or something? Or full of self pity or prejudice, Somebody always gotta mention Race. Grow up!

1629 days ago
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