Consequences

Balloon Boy Parents to Plead Guilty

Balloon Boy's parents are expected to plead guilty to criminal charges in a Larimer County, Colorado court on Friday. The couple's 6-year-old boy grabbed national attention last month after he was thought to have floated away in a homemade, UFO-shaped silver balloon. The parents' lawyer said that father Richard Heene will plead guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant, while mother Mayumi Heene will plead to the lesser misdemeanor charge of making a false report to authorities. Heene is taking on the felony charge, the lawyer said, because Mayumi is a citizen of Japan and could face deportation if she were to plead guilty to a felony. Larimer County authorities have not confirmed the settlement.