BOULDER, Colo. –
Lance Hering, a former Boulder Marine whose staged disappearance led to a $33,000 rescue effort, reimbursed the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office for those costs on Thursday.
Hering, who along with his friend Steve Powers staged the disappearance in 2006, paid $30,705 to the Sheriff’s Office to settle the outstanding amount Powers was ordered to pay. Hering and his father, Lloyd, each made voluntary payments with personal checks Thursday.
As part of a plea agreement for his role in the disappearance, Powers was ordered to pay $33,057. Powers pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false reporting in January 2007, admitting that he made up the story that Hering wandered off, injured, after a fall in Eldorado Canyon State Park. Hering was not found by authorities until November.
Powers had only paid $2,352 before the Herings chipped in the remainder of the debt Thursday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Powers will be off the hook “upon clearance of the checks.”
Earlier this month, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett said his office has offered Hering the same plea deal that Powers received. At the time, Hering’s attorney, Alex Garlin, said his client had not made a decision about the offer.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Hering “still faces criminal charges and the receipt of these checks will not have any impact on pending charges.”