Richard Heene's Criminal Past


October 22 2009, 9:38 AM

As the New York Daily News points out, Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden has been mum on the specific charges Richard Heene and his wife, Mayumi, will face as a result of the "balloon boy" incident that grabbed headlines around the world one week ago and has been spawning jokes ever since. Alderden has said he believes the incident was a hoax and publicity stunt, but it's now becoming clear that Richard Heene, known for his flashes of anger on ABC's "Wife Swap," has a history of criminal incidents that appear related to his fiery temper. In 1984, Heene was sentenced to three years of probation in California following his conviction for an assault with a firearm, according to records reviewed by 9News. And the Daily News notes that Heene spent time in jail in 1997 for vandalism, vehicle tampering, and disturbing the peace in Los Angeles.