'Barefoot Bandit' pleads guilty to federal charges
Thursday, June 16, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- The young Washington state man who gained international notoriety during a two-year run from the law in stolen boats, cars and planes has pleaded guilty to seven charges in the "Barefoot Bandit" case.
Colton Harris-Moore entered the plea in federal court Friday morning, reversing a not guilty plea made last week and ending the latest chapter in his fugitive saga. Authorities say he could receive between 5 1/4 and 6 1/2 years in prison when he's sentenced in October.
Federal prosecutors were to give details of the plea deal reached with the 20-year-old's lawyers after the hearing. The two sides had been negotiating whether Harris-Moore could participate in book or movie deals, with proceeds used to repay victims. His lawyers have said restitution could total about $1.3 million.