Parents Convicted in 2009 ‘Balloon Boy’ Hoax Pardoned

Richard and Mayumi Heene reported their 6-year-old son had floated away in an homemade UFO-shaped silver helium balloon in 2009.

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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2010, file photo, Richard Heene, right, and his wife, Mayumi, arrive at the Laramie County Detention Center in Fort Collins, Colo. The couple convicted of criminal charges in the so-called balloon boy hoax that fascinated the country more than a decade ago was pardoned Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, by the governor of Colorado. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski, File)
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DENVER (AP) — A couple convicted of criminal charges in the so-called balloon boy hoax that fascinated the country more than a decade ago were pardoned Wednesday by the governor of Colorado. Richard and Mayumi Heene reported their 6-year-old son had floated away in an homemade UFO-shaped silver helium balloon in 2009. Dozens of emergency responders and two Colorado National Guard helicopters scrambled to save the boy as video footage of the enormous balloon floating…

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