Saturday, January 28, 2012

Barefoot Bandit Gets Maximum Federal Prison Term For Crimes And Signs Hollywood Movie Rights

Colton A. Harris-Moore

Barefoot Bandit sentenced to more than 6 years in a federal prison, including a Hollywood movie contract by 20th Century Fox.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 28, 2012

Seattle, WA - On Friday, Colton A. Harris-Moore, 20, aka, "Barefoot Bandit" of Camano Island, received a maximum sentence under a plea agreement after pleading guilty to seven federal felony counts for aircraft thefts, including interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft during a two year crime spree. Harris-Moore was sentenced in Seattle by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones to 6 1/2 years in a federal prison and three years supervision. The federal sentence under a plea agreement will be served concurrently with a seven year state sentence, according to courts records.
Harris-Moore in December pleaded guilty to 33 felony counts of theft and other related crimes.
Harris-Moore stole vehicles, boats, and at least five planes. He flew a plane from the U.S. state of Indiana to the Island's off the Florida coast, with no flight training, according to the federal indictment.
The charges stemmed from the theft of an airplane from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, on September 29, 2009. The plane crash landed after running out of fuel 260 miles away near Snohomish, Washington.
Harris-Moore had a $10,000 reward offered by the FBI for information leading to his arrest and was considered armed and dangerous. He was serving a three year sentence for trasspassing while inside a vacant home in 2007. He was first convicted at age 12, after Moore was caught with stolen property and a year later at the age of 13, he was convicted of several other crimes.
Harris-Moore was wanted for escaping from a Renton Washington, group home in April of 2008. He had been ordered to stay there after pleading guilty to three felony charges in Island County, Washington, and being sentenced to three years of confinement. As a result of this escape, on March 12, 2009, a felony warrant was issued for Harris-Moore's arrest on October 2, 2009.
He was arrested in Harbour Island, Bahamas on July 2010 while docking a boat. Harris-Moore was labeled the Barefoot Bandit after leaving chalk marks of bare feet inside a convienent grocery store where he broke in to steal items.
Harris-Moore is now the subject of a movie and has signed movie rights of his life to 20th Century Fox in August, according to ABC.

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