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Trial date set for 'Barefoot Bandit'

Dec. 8, 2010 at 7:16 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Seattle scheduled a trial next year for the teen nicknamed the "Barefoot Bandit," setting the first anniversary of his arrest as the date.

Colton Harris-Moore, 19, was arrested in the Bahamas July 11 after what investigators say was a cross-country crime spree. He was allegedly in a stolen boat and armed with a stolen gun at the time.

Harris-Moore was indicted last month on five counts involving alleged thefts and weapons charges in Washington and neighboring states as well as across the Canadian border in British Columbia, Seattlepi.com reported.

The young man's lawyer has said he hopes to work out a plea agreement covering all charges. At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones set the trial, July 11, 2011, that gives both sides time for negotiations.

Harris-Moore ran away from a group home in Renton, Wash., in April 2008. He allegedly kept on the move in the Pacific Northwest, living by stealing and traveling in stolen vehicles, including small planes.

He is now in the federal detention center in Sea-Tac.

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