Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1393 times:
Quite disappointing. I don't know why the prosecutor would be so willing to accept a shitty plea-bargain like this. I was really, really hoping that good ol' Richard would be sent off to the state pen for a couple of years for his little stunt and live in fear of his next shower. Mayumi, who I think is just a controllable idiot, would have to bring li'l Falcon and company every weekend to see Daddy through plexiglass. These kids deserve to know that Dad isn't so cool.
The guy is the definition of the loser, celebrity-obsessed, fame-seeking subculture that is increasingly permeating our news. A nice legal smackdown would've done this family some good.
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1327 times:
Quoting Jcs17 (Reply 2): The guy is the definition of the loser, celebrity-obsessed, fame-seeking subculture that is increasingly permeating our news. A nice legal smackdown would've done this family some good.
This sentence was weak and doesn't prevent the other losers like this guy from doing the same.
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1216 times:
Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 4): This sentence was weak and doesn't prevent the other losers like this guy from doing the same.
They have not actually been sentenced yet - it's entirely possible they both may get only probation, but the local DA is pressing for Richard Heene to get at lease some jail time, although they seem OK with Mayumi only getting probation. They also face potentially having to pay back the search & rescue costs (at least $62k, possibly more), Mayumi could face immigration issues possibly up to deportation (although for the benefit of the children, that's unlikely, especially if he draws jail time), the Federal government can potentially bring additional charges against them, particularly for potential interference with aviation, and the Colorado child welfare folks haven't been heard from yet.
I'd be satisfied with probation for both of them and repayment of the search & rescue costs, but with one catch - they aren't allowed to pursue any television or book deals until the probation is served out, and they have to have a psychiatric evaluation and care if needed...their constant need for publicity and willingness to expose their children to danger suggests some issues here.