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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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  • Ernie

    You know, I think this "kid" earned what he got, but the last I heard Skagit County was still part of the State of Washington and the info here is accurate it surely sounds like double jeopardy to me. They made a plea deal and there should be no "buyer's remorse" so a politico can make his name sound good for the next election. How can you correct bad behavior with injustce?

    • martin

      Nice try there Ernie. Sadly, you are not at a level to debate double jeopardy in this situation. If you, for example, rob a bank in NYC, and then in Chicago, and then in LA, you are not facing one trial. You are facing three trials, one for each locale and criminal act. Sometimes, to save money, charges may be consolidated, or negotiated to a lesser sentence, but if Chicago doesn't sign on, then still have a trial pending in Chicago. Does that explain it a little bit better, ernie?

  • EaglesQuestions

    Why does reimbursement of his victims have to be part of a "deal?" Isn't it common sense that if something was stolen or destroyed, he should have to either give it back or pay for it?

    • Guest

      People can sue in civil court for reimbursement of things that were stolen or destroyed. When you are charged with a crime by the government, that is the government enforcing criminal laws, not civila ones. Usually reimbursement to vicitms is not part of a criminal penalty, but they often make the criminal due it as part of a plea to save the victim the time and annoyance of having to sue themselves.

  • Mary

    Read the article: Skagit county did not agree to the plea deal. Therefore they are free to charge him with anything else he is guilty of or suspected of doing. Not double jeopardy. Just because this little thief agreed to something does not make it binding if the other party did not.

    • Guest

      "Harris-Moore, the federal government and state of Washington agreed to a deal…"

      Skagit County is in Washington, hence the state of Washington agreed on their behalf.

    • Debra

      Thank you Skagit County. This kid got away with causing huge amounts of damage and flaunted it through the various pictures he took. The sooner he is out of jail the sooner he will continue in the same manner. If taxpayers could only know the amount of money that was spent tracking this kid all over the country, they would have demanded a much longer sentence.

  • JayHobeSound

    The Bahamian police were able to arrest the guy within 24 hours of his entering their jurisdiction – and without violently beating or shooting him. It seems the US police should take lessons from the police in the Bahamas on how to track and arrest suspected criminals.

  • Guest

    NO sympathy here. Except that he was raised by one nasty foul woman. But he chose to do what he did and needs to be held accoutnable for those actions. Period.

    To bad we can't jail that sleaze bag mother of his.

  • thunder7

    6 1/2 years might give him time enough to realize he was wrong. Proceeds from movie and/or book deals will give him jump on restitution. 40 felonies is alot to overcome but just maybe someone will take him under their wing and give him a chance to pursue a normal life.

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