Richard and Mayumi pleaded guilty to creating a global media sensation with a false report of the 2009 “Balloon Boy” hoax. The couple then claims that their 6-year-old son was trapped inside a helium balloon flying over Fort Collins. The incident was reported in October 2009, claiming their son was trapped in a homemade UFO-shaped silver helium balloon in 2009 that traveled 50 miles across Colorado. National Guard helicopters and Colorado police pursued the balloon for more than an hour.
“These individuals have taken responsibility for their past actions, paid a price to society and demonstrated the ability to turn themselves around and live responsibly,” Polis said in a statement. “For all of our advocacy around this issue, it’s disappointing the governor is only letting four people out,” said Denis Maes, the ACLU of Colorado’s public policy director. “When you look at his press release about all this mercy and redemption, four people don’t really do that.”