‘Barefoot Bandit’ & Plea
June 18, 2011 by USA Post
‘Barefoot Bandit’ & Plea, The young state of Washington, who gained international notoriety during a race two years from the law in stolen boats, cars and planes, pleaded guilty Friday to seven counts in the “Barefoot Bandit” case. Under a plea agreement, Colton Harris-Moore is lost future profits from the film, book or other agreements for the sale of its history. Proceeds will be used to pay and 1.4 million in restitution he owes to his many victims.
Harris-Moore may receive between 5 1 / 4 and 6 1 / 2 years in prison when sentenced in October, defense attorney John Henry Browne said. However, he still faces state charges in several counties, including the county where he began his crimes.
Prosecutors have said Harris-Moore hopscotch their way across the United States, often landing of rural areas and stealing cars from parking in small airports. Her adventures earned him cult status as an authority, mocking folk hero, and earned the “Barefoot Bandit” nickname for committing of a crime without shoes.
Harris-Moore, now 20, smiled and waved to his lawyers, entered the courtroom Friday. He sat in silence – sometimes smiling, sometimes with their hands and looking down – as Judge Richard Jones spent the details of the crimes.
“We are here today to say that the flight Mr. Harris-Moore of justice is over,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan after the hearing. “It has taken the first step in taking responsibility for their actions.”
The federal charges, including theft of an airplane, possession of unlicensed firearms and experiment arose from a series of crimes in late 2009 and early 2010, when Harris-Moore was accused of flying a stolen plane Anacortes, in northwest Washington, the San Juan Islands.
Authorities say he stole a gun in eastern British Columbia and took a plane from a hangar in Idaho, where investigators found traces barefoot on the floor and the wall. That plane crashed near Granite Falls, Washington, after it ran out of fuel, prosecutors said.
He made his way to Oregon on a 32-foot boat stolen in southwest Washington – stopping first to make 100 in an animal shelter in Raymond, Washington Oregon, authorities said, Harris-Moore traveled throughout United States.
In Indiana, stole another plane and headed to the Bahamas, where he was captured last July.
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