Balloon Boy's Dad Turns Himself In

Balloon Boy's Dad Turns Himself In
Richard Heene

updated 11/12/2009 AT 03:35 PM EST

originally published 11/12/2009 AT 01:00 PM EST

The family of Balloon Boy Falcon Heene will go to court in Fort Collins, Colo., at 8:30 a.m. on Friday the 13th to admit their guilt.

David Lane, an attorney for the father, released a statement Thursday morning saying the 6-year-old boy's mother, Mayumi Heene, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting to authorities and his dad, Richard, will plead guilty to a felony charge of attempting to influence a public servant. After being formally charged on Thursday, Richard turned himself in to the Larimer County Detention Center where he was booked and released on $5,000 bond.

Lane said in his statement that Richard will "fall on his sword," and take a felony plea to prevent his wife, a Japanese citizen, from possible deportation.

Global Attention

The family garnered international attention on Oct. 15 after calling in reports to the FAA, 911 and a local TV station that their son had crawled into a saucer-shaped balloon and taken flight.

After nearly two hours in the air, the craft landed without anyone aboard. Falcon later was found at home, claiming he had had been hiding in the garage attic because his father had yelled at him.

The Larimer County Sheriff's department met with the couple two days later and obtained what they said was a confession from Mayumi that the incident was part of a hoax planned to help them obtain a reality TV show.

Voluntary Surrender

The D.A. for Larimer and Jackson Counties filed charges against the Heene's Thursday afternoon, after Richard's lawyer released his statement, confirming that the couple will turn themselves in on Friday.

Richard Heene could face a sentence of up to 90 days in jail, and Mayumi up to 60 days. Once pleas are entered, the court will likely hand down the sentences sometime next month.

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