The deal avoids more serious felony charges against Mayumi Heene, such as perjury, that could result in her deportation to Japan.

“It’s a deal that makes sense for both sides, especially given the cost of a trial and the risk that the mother involved here would have been deported and separated from her children. So I’m not surprised at all that this ends with a whimper and not a bang,” said CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen.