Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene is on target to see out the remainder of his work release program from home, RadarOnline.com has learned. However, authorities will tag him with an electronic ankle bracelet to keep tabs on him.
Heene – who is currently being housed at the Alternative Sentencing Unit adjacent to Larimer County Detention Center in Colorado – has pleased authorities with his progress during his sixty day work release program which he began on February 7, 2010.
And if he continues his good behavior then he could soon be back home with his wife Mayumi and their three sons.
“It’s my understanding that in around two weeks he will be eligible to be released although he will have to wear the ankle monitor,” an insider told RadarOnline.com. “This would mean he would serve the remainder of his release program from home as the authorities would be able to monitor his whereabouts.
“Checks would be made that he was still going to work and complying with the court’s sentence but, so far, he has done everything that has been asked of him and he is on track to complete his sentence.”
After Heene is released, Mayumi “will be free to start her own sentence for her part in the balloon hoax” according to the source.
It will not be the first time that Heene has had to wear an ankle monitor.
RadarOnline.com previously revealed that he was forced to wear a similar device following a 1997 arrest for vandalism, vehicle tampering and disturbance to the peace after he pled no contest to various charges in connection with a violent encounter. The criminal complaint says Heene “did willfully, unlawfully, and maliciously deface, damage, and destroy real and personal property, to wit, 1987 Volkswagon, not his own, belonging to Benito Ortiz.”
For the balloon hoax, Heene was sentenced to 30 days in jail and another 60 days on work release program. Mayumi received four years probation and was sentenced to 20 days in jail.
The husband and wife were also hit with a $42,000 bill from local, state and federal agencies for their October stunt when they claimed their six-year-old son Falcon had crawled into a balloon in their back yard and had been whisked away into the sky.