Barefoot Bandit's lawyers say he's truly sorry

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Lawyers for "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore are fighting back against the notion that he's not sorry for his infamous two-year crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010 in the Bahamas.

In a filing in federal court Thursday in Seattle, defense attorneys said prosecutors released cherry-picked excerpts from emails in an effort to make him appear callous and self-aggrandizing. The 20-year-old called the Island County sheriff "king swine," called prosecutors "fools," and referred to reporters as "vermin."

Defense lawyers say the full emails show he remains sorry for what he did and thankful for the treatment he received from a state court judge in Coupeville who sentenced him to about seven years in prison.

He's expected to receive a similar sentence Friday in federal court.