Colorado Balloon boy's parents plead guilty

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London, November 14 (ANI): The parents of the Colorado Balloon boy, who was mistakenly thought to have floated off in a balloon only to be later found hiding at his own house, have pleaded guilty for making false reports to authorities.

Six-year-old Falcon Heene's father Richard had hoaxed the entire incident to gain popularity.

Now, he has entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant, reports the Telegraph.

Richard and Mayumi Heene appeared in a Colorado court on Friday.

Heene, 48, entered a guilty plea and his wife, Mayumi -a 45-year-old Japanese national who could have been deported if convicted of more serious charges - admitted a misdemeanor offense of false reporting to authorities.

Under terms of the plea agreements, Richard faces up to 90 days in jail, probation and a fine. Mayumi Heene could get 60 days, likely to be served in a work-release program, and probation.

Richard Heene also could have to pay restitution for tens of thousands of dollars in costs incurred by police. (ANI)

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