11:43 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 12/16/2011 08:00PM
The "Barefoot Bandit" was sentenced Friday in Washington state court to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to more than 30 felonies involving a one-man crime spree in which he stole boats, planes and cars.
Colton Harris-Moore, 20, escaped a juvenile home in 2008 and avoided capture for more than two years before his arrest last year in the Bahamas.
Because the prison time will run concurrently with his anticipated sentence on federal charges, Friday's daylong hearing was chiefly an opportunity for authorities to consolidate a long list of charges in three counties. It was also a chance for Harris to try to explain his infamous antics.
Originally posted 12/16/2011 09:30AM
Colton Harris-Moore, the "Barefoot Bandit" whose two-year crime spree included stealing airplanes and committing a number of thefts in several states, is expected to plead guilty to state charges Friday, including burglary, the Associated Press reports.
Friday's court appearance corresponds to crimes committed in various counties around Washington state. In June, Harris-Moore, 20, pleaded guilty to seven federal charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced for those charges in early 2012 and will serve his state and federal sentences concurrently.
Prosecutors are pressing for a nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence, according to the AP, but Harris-Moore's attorneys are hoping information about his troubled childhood will lead to a lesser sentence.
Originally posted 06/17/2011 07:10PM
After his alleged two-year crime spree, the Barefoot Bandit finally had his day in court.
Colton Harris-Moore, 20, pleaded guilty to seven federal charges, including burglarizing a bank, possessing a firearm as a fugitive, stealing an airplane and piloting an airplane without a license, in U.S. District Court on Friday.
Under the plea deal, Harris-Moore will serve up to 7½ years in prison and pay more than $1.4 million in restitution to crime victims, using proceeds from a film deal in the works. Any additional earnings from books, speeches or other publicity must be paid in restitution as well. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Originally posted 07/22/2010 09:50AM
On the Internet, Colton Harris-Moore cut a romantic figure as a daring and mysterious fugitive. In reality, throughout a turbulent and troubled youth, he appears to have lived a much less glamorous life.
The so-called "Barefoot Bandit," 19, captured this month in the Bahamas, was often alone and hungry growing up in squalor in Camano Island, Wash., according to The New York Times. He reportedly stole food from neighbors, bullied classmates and clashed severely with his mother, Pam Kohler, with whom he had an explosive relationship.
By age 10, officials were investigating whether he was being mistreated by his mother. By 12, he had been diagnosed with depression, attention deficit disorder and intermittent explosive disorder. And by 15, he and his mother had been visited by child-protective services at least a dozen times.
Originally posted 07/13/2010 04:05PM
The Barefoot Bandit is on his way back to the United States.
Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Bahamas to illegally entering the country and will soon be deported to face prosecution for his alleged two-year crime spree, the Associated Press reports.
The teenager, who was arrested Sunday after a high-speed boat chase on the island, has been on the run since 2008. Authorities allege he was involved in about 70 property crimes, stealing cars, boats and planes – and often without shoes.
Originally posted 07/12/2010 11:05AM
Authorities are certainly pleased to have finally nabbed fugitive Colton Harris-Moore – a.k.a, the Barefoot Bandit – following his alleged two-year, continent-wide crime spree. But no one is more relieved that his mother, Pamela Kohler.
"I am very relieved that Colt is now safe and that no one was hurt during his capture," Kohler, who lives in Camano Island, Wash., said in a statement issued through her lawyer.
Kohler said she has yet to speak with her 19-year-old son, who was arrested early Sunday morning in the Bahamas. "It has been over two and a half years since I have seen him, and I miss him terribly," she said. "I hope that it will be possible for me to see him sometime soon."
Originally posted 07/11/2010 10:45AM
The Barefoot Bandit's alleged two-year crime spree has come to an end.
Colton Harris-Moore, who is said to have stolen cars, boats, planes – often without shoes – was arrested early Sunday morning on northern Eleuthera island in the Bahamas, the Associated Press reports.
Island police have been searching for the 19-year-old fugitive since last week, when he allegedly crashed a plane onto Great Abaco Island.
Moore, who lived a troubled childhood on Camano Island, Wash., has been on the run since 2008 when he broke out of a Washington halfway house. He has gained a cult following of fans for his unique calling cards at the alleged crime scenes – leaving barefoot signs or donations for animal charities in his wake.
Originally posted 07/09/2010 09:45AM
He's an accused serial burglar, an escapee from a halfway house for young criminals, the subject of a future movie for 20th Century Fox – and the target of an intense international manhunt.
Oh, and he's also an Internet sensation with more than 20,000 Facebook fans.
Boyish-looking Colton Harris-Moore, 19, has become a Robin Hood figure for thousands, dubbed the Barefoot Bandit because he supposedly committed many of his crimes without the benefit of footwear. Right now, he's on the run after a crime spree that began in April 2008 and took him from the state of Washington to a sleepy island in the Bahamas.
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