Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene is undertaking manual labor as part of his 60 day work release program, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal.
The controversial former reality star – who entered the Alternative Sentencing Unit beside Larimer County Jail in Colorado on February 7, 2010 – has been ‘progressing well’ according to sources.
As part of the program Heene has had to find gainful employment and pay a minimum of $18 a day fee back to the facility which is like a community style hall adjacent to the prison.
A source revealed to RadarOnline.com: “He is doing manual labor and returning to the ASU at night and there do not seem to have been any problems.
“It will be sixty days, although he will get a few compensation days, so, he will be there for some considerable time but it is considered a ‘plumb situation’ compared to prison.
“Heene will be allowed to be visited by his family at the regulation times and he has other bonuses like he can bring-in and cook his own food or order pizza too.
“It is definitely more preferable to jail and people don’t generally escape from the Alternative Sentencing Unit because they would be sent straight back to prison.
“Just as he did when he was inside prison it would seem that Mr Heene is getting his head down and just getting on with it the best he can.
“His wife Mayumi Heene will not start her sentence until her husband has fully completed his because they do have three young sons to look after.”
Richard Heene, whose flying saucer balloon received national attention when it was thought his six-year-old son was inside, had been sentenced to 30 days in jail and another 60 days on work release program.
His wife received four years probation and was sentenced to 20 days in jail for her part in the bizarre prank.
Their son, Falcon Heene, was in their home while his parents told police and others he was missing, leading everyone to think the child was in the runaway balloon.
The husband and wife have already been hit with a $42,000 bill from local, state and federal agencies for their October stunt when they claimed their six-year-old son had crawled into a hot air balloon in their back yard and been whisked away into the sky.