A judge in Colorado sentenced the father who in October falsely reported his 6-year-old son was aloft in an escaped balloon to 90 days on Wednesday.
The judge indicated that Richard Heene will spend part of the time in jail and the rest on work release.
He is to begin his sentence after the holidays.
Heene tearfully apologized during the hearing.
“I’m very, very sorry, and I want to apologize to all the rescue workers out there and the people who got involved in the community. That’s it,” Richard Heene said.
Earlier, a prosecutor revealed the search-and-rescue launched in response to the incident cost at least $47,000 and said Richard Heene and his wife, Mayumi, should pay restitution to the various agencies that participated.
Last month, Richard Heene pleaded guilty in Larimer County Court to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant. Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities.
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