The parents of “Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene have agreed to a plead guilty to charges of “attempting to influence a public servant” and “false reporting to authorities” tomorrow. Richard and Mayumi Heene are turning themselves in to a county judge in order to secure lighter penalties and prevent Mayumi from being deported back to Japan.
Richard Heene will cop a plea to felony charges that could, as stipulated in the deal, land him in jail for up to 90 days. While Mayumi could get 60 days.
Another cornerstone of the plea bargain has to do with Mayumi’s citizenship status. Apparently, she’s still a citizen of Japan, and a felony conviction could get her deported. So, the couple decided to work a plea bargain in order to avoid the risk. From a statement made by the Sheriff’s office:
“It is supremely ironic that law enforcement has expressed such grave concern over the welfare of the children, but it was ultimately the threat of taking the children’s mother from the family and deporting her to Japan which fueled this deal.”
Maybe I’m wrong here, but I thought that once you’d married an American citizen, you were granted citizenship. Isn’t that how it works?
What do you think about the plea deal? Did the Heene’s get off too easy?