Balloon Boy's Dad Free on Work-Release

Richard Heene says goodbye to his wife as he arrives at the Laramie County Detention Center to begin serving his 90-day jail sentence Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski ) AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

The man who pleaded guilty in the balloon boy hoax has been released from the Larimer County jail to serve the rest of his sentence through the alternative sentencing unit.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says Richard Heene was transferred Sunday and is expected to work during the day, then spend nights at a work-release dormitory. She didn't have information Monday on where he'll work.

Heene started serving a 90-day sentence Jan. 11 after pleading guilty to falsely influencing the sheriff. His wife, Mayumi, pleaded guilty to filing a false report and must serve 20 days in jail.

Sheriff's officials say the couple's report Oct. 15 that their young son had floated away in a UFO-shaped helium balloon was a hoax.
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