Barefoot Bandit’ to plead guilty in federal court



SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials say the 20-year-old Washington state man known as the “Barefoot Bandit” is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from his 2-year run from the law in stolen boats, cars and planes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Colton Harris-Moore will plead guilty on Friday in federal court. No further comment was provided.

Authorities say Harris-Moore hopscotched his way across the United States during his run, frequently stealing cars from parking lots after landing at small airports. In Indiana, he stole another plane and made for the Bahamas, where he was captured.

Harris-Moore earned the “Barefoot Bandit” moniker by committing some of crimes without shoes. He pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment last week, but his lawyers had signaled a deal with prosecutors was close.