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If Richard Heene was hoping his backtracking bombshell proclamation of innocence would spare him some jail time, he's even more delusional than we thought.
Echoing comments made by the Larimer County Sheriff, a spokeswoman for the Colorado region's district attorney said that Balloon Dad's last-minute backtrack will not change his 90-day sentence.
"He's already entered his pleas," Linda Jensen told E! News. "The judge went over his advisement and addressed that issue. As far as we are concerned, the case is done. He said to the judge that he wasn't coerced and they went over that in great lengths during the sentencing."
Still, Heene's sudden resurgence into the spotlight may end up causing more harm than good, at least as far as his punishment is concerned.
While he's due to begin his jail sentence by Monday, the D.A. has until tomorrow to slap the fame seeker with a bill for the hefty damages his stunt caused the county. Should they not agree on a suitable amount of restitution, then they'll head back to court.
And now, thanks to Heene's televised disclosure, all eyes will be watching as the county reveals its final tally.
"He agreed to pay restitution, we just haven't decided on an amount," Jensen said.
As it is, the Heenes could be looking at a price tag of anywhere between nothing (not likely) to hundreds of thousands of dollars for the stunt. The helicopter search alone, which involved two military aircrafts, cost $14,500, and the private property of several residents was trampled in the scrambled search.
Well, whaddya know? Heene may end up getting that trial after all.
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