Closing Arguments: Balloon Boy Parents to Jail

By David Schoetz

Dec 23, 2009 11:42pm

The Heene family jumped into the national spotlight when their backyard balloon came untethered in October. Millions watched it careen through the sky — believing a boy named Falcon was inside. But the hoax came crashing to earth. Today, the Heenes were punished — with father, Richard, receiving a 90-day sentence, with a mandatory 30 days in jail, and four years probation. For the boy's mother, Mayumi, 20 days of what in effect is work release program. Richard Heene apologized in court. "I do want to reiterate, I'm very very sorry," he said. "And I'm going to apologize to all the rescue workers out there and the people who got involved in the community." Tonight, we ask: Does the punishment fit the crime? Tell us what you think. You can follow "Nightline" anytime on Twitter:

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