Balloon Dad Is Going to Jail, Must Apologize for Being a Jerk

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A judge has sentenced Balloon Dad Richard Heene to 90 days in jail — for 60 of those he can work outside the jail during the day — and four years probation for exploiting America's emotions and wasting everyone's time with his balloon hoax last October. In addition, Heene will have to write a letter of apology to his community and the authorities for involving them in his delusional fame-whore stunt, perform 100 hours of community service, and undergo random drug-and-alcohol testing. But perhaps the worst punishment of all is that Heene is prohibited from reaping any financial benefit from the incident during the four years of his probation. By the time he tries to write his tell-all book, the general public will have long lost interest in the whole Balloon Boy saga, especially since they already did so about six weeks ago.

Balloon Boy Dad Richard Heene Gets 90 Days Jail, Four Years Probation [ABC News]