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'Barefoot Bandit' pleads guilty in state court

'Barefoot Bandit,' teen who hopscotched US in stolen planes, boats and cars, pleads guilty By The Associated Press

COUPEVILLE, Washington (AP) ' Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Friday to burglary and theft charges in the Barefoot Bandit case.

Wearing handcuffs and an orange jail uniform in Coupeville, the 20-year-old softly answered affirmatively Friday when the judge asked if he understood his rights. He said "guilty" when the judge asked how he wanted to plead.

Several victims and a few curious citizens watched in Island County Superior Court, along with Harris-Moore's aunt.



The counts include identity theft, theft of firearm and residential burglary.

Harris-Moore's daring run from the law earned him international notoriety, not to mention a movie deal to help repay his victims, after he flew a stolen plane from Indiana to the Bahamas in July 2010, crash-landed it near a mangrove swamp and was arrested by Bahamian authorities in a hail of bullets.

Friday's proceedings before Judge Vickie Churchill consolidate cases against Harris-Moore in three Washington counties. He has already pleaded guilty to federal charges in Seattle and will be sentenced for those crimes early next year. He will serve his state and federal sentences at the same time.

State prosecutors plan to ask for a nine-and-a-half year sentence Friday, while Harris-Moore's attorneys, John Henry Browne and Emma Scanlan, are seeking a six-year term, citing his bleak childhood in a Camano Island trailer with an alcoholic mother and a series of her convict boyfriends. They laid out the details of his upbringing in psychiatric and mitigation reports filed with the court.


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