Colton Harris-Moore The "Barefoot Bandit" Sentenced To Seven Years


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Colton Harris-Moore The "Barefoot Bandit" Sentenced To Seven Years

By Daniel Baxter

December 17, 2011 - Colton Harris-Moore, the "Barefoot Bandit," 20, of Camano Island, Washington, was sentenced on Friday in Island County Superior Court to more than seven years in prison after waving his right to a trial. Harris-Moore lengthy crime spree took him from the Pacific Northwest and across the United States to Indiana, ending in the Bahamas.

Colton Harris-Moore had been involved in bank burglary, burglaries of at least 100 private residences, interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman?s certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel.

Colton Harris-Moore fled to the Bahamas on July 4, 2010, in a airplane stolen from Bloomington, Indiana. He was indicted on July 6, 2010, by a U.S. Federal Court in Seattle, Washington, on charges of transporting another stolen aircraft in that state. Harris-Moore was arrested in Harbour Island, Bahamas, on July 11, 2010, after police shot out the engine of the boat in which he was attempting to flee. Two days later, he was deported from Nassau, Bahamas, to Miami, Florida, and transferred on July 21 to the Federal Detention Center, SeaTac in Washington State.

Harris-Moore's run from the law earned him the name "Barefoot Bandit" by reportedly committing some of his crimes barefoot, once leaving behind 39 chalk footprints and the word "c'ya!". Despite the widely-reported nickname, officials said that he more often wore shoes. Prosecutor Greg Banks told the court "He was a menace, his burglaries threatened and distressed people. People were afraid to leave their houses." 

As Judge Vickie Churchill handed down the sentence, Colton Harris-Moore looked down and showed no reaction, Judge Churchill said "this case is a tragedy in many ways, but it's a triumph of the human spirit in other ways." Judge Churchill described Harris-Moore's upbringing as a "mind numbing absence of hope." 

Friday's proceedings had combine cases against Harris-Moore in three Washington counties. Harris-Moore had already pled guilty to federal charges in Seattle and will be sentenced for those crimes sometime next year. Harris-Moore will serve his state and federal sentences concurrently. Harris-Moore said that he would use his prison time wisely, study, and if available apply to college with the hope of earning an aeronautical engineering degree.

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