'Barefoot Bandit' out of solitary confinement

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The youthful thief who led a two-year crime spree in stolen boats, cars and planes is out of solitary confinement.

The Washington Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday that Colton Harris-Moore was transferred from Walla Walla State Penitentiary to the medium security Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen.

Spokesman Chad Lewis says the 21-year-old was in intensive management at Walla Walla with inmates facing the death penalty for his own protection as a high-profile prisoner.

His lawyer, John Henry Browne, says Harris-Moore neither needed nor wanted such protection as he serves a prison sentence of about seven years.

Harris-Moore is known as the "Barefoot Bandit." He was arrested in the Bahamas in 2010 after crash-landing a stolen plane.

Browne says he is enrolling in a GED program and will have better access to counseling at Stafford Creek.