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Washington’s ‘Barefoot Bandit’

Colton Harris-Moore, a baby-faced 20-year-old from Camano Island who earned the nickname ‘Barefoot Bandit’ because he committed some crimes in his bare feet, pleaded guilty in 2012 to 40 felony charges from his infamous 2008-2010 crime spree in which he stole planes, boats and cars across the United States. He was eventually apprehended in July 2010 in the Bahamas after crashing a stolen plane there. Prosecutors said they took into account Harris-Moore’s rough childhood in agreeing to a sentence of just 6 1/2 years for crimes that resulted in $1.3 million in losses to victims.

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SEATTLE — Colton Harris-Moore, better known as the Barefoot Bandit, is making his film debut.

Fly Colt Fly is a graphic-novel style animated documentary put together by Canadian filmmakers. The film was shot during a six-week shoot in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.

As part of a plea deal, Harris-Moore agreed to turn over all proceeds earned from the movie to pay around $1.4 million in restitution to his victims.

Harris-Moore first made headlines when he hot-wired a Cessna plane, flew it several hundred miles and crashed into the bushes.

Harris-Moore went on a crime spree from 2008-2010 during which stole five planes, six boats and ten cars across the United States. Of course, he earned his nickname by committing some of his crimes in bare feet.

He was eventually apprehended in July of 2010 in the Bahamas after crashing a stolen plane there.

Back in the United States, he pleaded guilty to 40 felony charges. Prosecutors said they took into account Harris-Moore’s rough childhood in agreeing to a sentence of just 6 1/2 years for crimes that resulted in $1.3 million in losses to victims.

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banditSEATTLE — Colton “the Barefoot Bandit” Harris-Moore wrote Thursday that he has learned from his past “lessons” and that once he is released from prison he intends to “have a beautiful life.”

As part of a plea deal, Harris-Moore on Wednesday admitted to a burglary charge in Skagit County Court in return for a sentence of three months’ jail time already-served — in other words, no new time.

The notorious bandit previously pleaded guilty to more than 40 felonies he committed during a two-year crime spree that ended in 2010. He was sentenced to more than 6 1/2 years in prison at that time.

On Thursday, one of Harris-Moore’s lawyers, Lance Rosen, released a handwritten note that the convict had planned to deliver in Skagit County Court Wednesday, but didn’t get the opportunity. Here is the note:

“The past is a story absolutely separate from the future. The past holds experiences and lessons I’ll learn from for the rest of my life, but my future is precisely what I make it. If there is any truth I’ve learned, it is that absolutely anything is possible. When this experience is over and I regain my freedom, I will bring everything I am working toward into reality. I am working with amazing people, and I will have a beautiful life.”

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SEATTLE — Colton Harris-Moore — more popularly known as the Barefoot Bandit — will reach a plea agreement with the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office Wednesday regarding a burglary charge.

barefoot banditHarris-Moore’s lawyer, John Henry Browne, said his client will plead guilty to the burglary charge brought against him by the county in February. His punishment will be three months time served, Browne said.

The charge represents the final legal action to be brought against Harris-Moore.

Moore was also charged with first degree theft involving an airplane in Febuary. However, the charge was dropped because Browne argued the crime was already covered in Colton’s 2011 plea deal. The notorious bandit previously pleaded guilty to more than 40 felonies he committed during a two-year crime spree that ended in 2010. He was sentenced to more than 6 1/2 years in prison and three years probation

He won’t face any additional time in prison as a result of the new charge out of Skagit County, Browne said, because the sentencing was for time served.

This story updated as more information becomes available.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A project manager at Boeing is acting as a mentor to Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit” who’s serving a seven-year sentence for stealing cars, boats and planes.

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barefoot banditSKAGIT COUNTY — The famous Colton Harris-Moore, known as the “Barefoot Bandit”, faced new criminal charges Thursday in Skagit County Court Superior Court.

Harris-Moore’s lawyer, John Henry Browne, entered a not guilty plea for a second-degree burglary charge on behalf of his client at the county courthouse in Mount Vernon. He refused to put in a plea for a first-degree theft charge involving an airplane, because the theft charge was already covered in a 2011 plea deal, Browne said.

Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to more than 40 felonies he committed during a two-year crime spree that ended in 2010. He was sentenced to more than 6 1/2 years in prison and three years probation.

However, Skagit County prosecutors decided to press new charges against Harris-Moore earlier this year, something Browne called excessive and a waste of time.

Browne said he plans to file three motion, including a gag order against the county prosecutor, who Browne alleges has attacked Harris-Moore’s character in multiple press releases about his client.

Harris-Moore’s bail was set at $100,000.

banditColton Harris-Moore, aka the “Barefoot Bandit,” recently had two new charges filed against him, one for first-degree theft and another for second-degree burglary. At issue is that Harris-Moore has already pleaded guilty to one of the charges.

John Henry Browne, Harris-Moore’s attorney, said that his client had pleaded guilty to the first-degree theft of an airplane from Anacortes in Skagit County in 2010. He is currently serving time for the crime and therefore, he cannot be charged again as that would constitute double jeopardy — a violation of Harris-Moore’s Fifth Amendment rights.

Harris-Moore could be sentenced for the second-degree burglary charge if he is found guilty as that was not part of a plea deal reached in 2011.

The charges surfaced when Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich recently filed them. Weyrich had previously declined to be part of the plea negotiation reached with Harris-Moore, saying that he wanted to see him stand trial in a Skagit County courtroom.

banditMOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Skagit County has filed new charges against Colton Harris-Moore, “The Barefoot Bandit,” who is serving time in prison for his infamous crime spree between 2008 and 2010.

Harris-Moore, who stole cars, small planes and boats, was eventually apprehended in July 2010 in the Bahamas after crashing a stolen plane there.

Harris-Moore, the federal government and state of Washington agreed to a deal in which Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to 40 felonies in January 2012 in return for a prison sentence of six and a half years. As part of that deal, he agreed to turn over all proceeds of a movie about him to pay for nearly $1.4 million in restitution to his victims.

But Skagit County never agreed to the plea deal.

Earlier this month, the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office filed theft and burgarly charges against Harris-Moore involving the theft of an airplane belonging to an Anacortes, Wash., couple in 2010. Harris-Moore was accused of stealing the plane in Anacortes and landing it on nearby Orcas Island.

He earned the nickname “The Barefoot Bandit” because he committed some of his break-ins and thefts in his bare feet.

 

 

 

 

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