Prosecutor seeks maximum sentence for balloon dad

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A prosecutor has urged a judge to
give the man who carried out the balloon boy hoax the maximum
punishment of 90 days behind bars.

The prosecutor says Richard Heene "wasted a lot of manpower and
a lot of money in wanting to get himself some publicity." He says
a message needs to be sent to other self-promoters that they will
be punished for orchestrating hoaxes.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to charges that they
carried out the balloon stunt in October to promote a reality TV
show. They reported that their 6-year-old son was floating away in
a helium balloon.

Richard Heene's lawyer believes he should be spared jail time.
Heene's wife faces up to 60 days.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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