EXCLUSIVE: Balloon Boy Dad Has New Roommate - Moves Into General Prison Population

Jan. 15 2010, Published 5:43 a.m. ET

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Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene has a new sleeping partner can exclusively reveal.

Heene has been moved in to the general prison population after successfully completing his observation period. Lt. Pat McCosh told, “Mr Heene passed all his observational tests successfully and has now moved into the general population where he is currently sharing a cell with another inmate – I cannot reveal why his cell mate is here.

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Heene entered the Larimer County Detention Center in Colorado on Monday to start his 30 day jail sentence – which will be cut by six days if he behaves himself.

The notorious reality dad is the most famous face at the detention center and is being watched by deputies just in case there is any trouble with other inmates.

See Photos And Details Of Heene’s New Prison Home

“So far, there have not been any problems and everything has gone smoothly and we don’t anticipate any difficulties either,” McCosh told “Mr Heene’s wife will be able to apply to see him next week and she will be able to bring along their three sons too.

“If they visit him it will be done through a glass screen and she will have to formally apply to come and see him.

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“Mr Heene is being treated like any other inmate that we have although we do appreciate he has some notoriety.

“Hopefully, the remainder of his stay will go smoothly.”

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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.

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His wife Mayumi received four years probation and was sentenced to 20 days in jail.  Their son, Falcon, 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.



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