Worst parents ever Richard and Mayumi Heene have officially pleaded guilty to a felony and misdemeanor charge, respectively, stemming from the now-infamous Balloon Boy hoax that shocked and appalled the world last month.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for December 23.
Appearing in a Ft. Collins, Colo., courtroom Friday, the Heenes admitted concocting and lying about son Falcon's fake "flight" aboard a saucer-shaped balloon.
"This is designed to keep the family together," says Richard's attorney David Lane. The couple's kids "seem like happy, well-adjusted kids," says Lane. "[They have] huddled together as a family. These are well cared for, well-loved kids."
A subdued Richard Heene pleaded guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant. He could face 90 days in jail and a $500,000 fine.
A photo of Richard Heene where he belongs: A police station.
He also may be responsible for restitution, at leads $62,000 more. If the worst dad ever does go to jail, it certainly won't be for as long as some might like.
Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false reporting to authorities, which she admitted in an affidavit. She could face up to 60 days.
Richard Heene also requested that bond be modified so he can seek employment next week in New York and California. Who would employ this loser?
Lane declined to discuss it, but said: "Richard can't own a firearm [as a felon], but other than that he is a free person to do whatever any free person does."
Might he profit from the hoax? Rest assured, ladies and gentlemen: "Colorado has a statute that prohibits him from profiting from wrongdoing," says Lane.
Serves him right. Sucker.