Violent past of father of balloon boy begins to emerge

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 20, 2009 11:43 am

More details about Fort Collins, Colorado’s Heene family, and in particular, father Richard Heene, are coming out, and it appears that Heene had a past that was filled with violence.  Heene is the father to 6-year old Falcon Heene, who is now known by many as balloon boy, and there are three criminal cases in his past that are now coming to the surface.  

In 1984, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to three years probation.  Then, in 1991, Heene was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse, but he was not convicted.  And finally, in 1997, he plead no contest to vandalism and also spent four days in jail.  This charge arose out of an incident where one of employees, whom he owed money to, came to Heene’s house to get his money, but a violent argument broke out.  Heene apparently tried to hit the employee with his truck, but instead he hit the man’s car.  He did this an additional two times, according to the police report.  

More criminal charges relating to the balloon hoax could be in Heene’s future, as his lawyer said yesterday that he could be charged on Wednesday.