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'Barefoot Bandit' pleads guilty in Seattle

June 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, June 17 (UPI) -- Colton Harris-Moore, Seattle's so-called Barefoot Bandit, pleaded guilty Friday to multiple crimes in a deal with state and federal prosecutors.

Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to seven charges -- including stealing planes and burglarizing a bank -- before U.S. District Judge Richard Jones in Seattle, Seattlepi.com reported.

He faces as long as 6 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 28, the Web site said. He could have faced 10 years in prison before striking a deal with prosecutors. He also could be forced to pay restitution of at least $1.5 million, some of which may come from future book and movie deals.

In April 2008 Harris-Moore escaped from a Renton halfway house and eluded police for nearly two years while committing a series of crimes in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, prosecutors say. He was captured after he stole a plane in Indiana and crash-landed it in the Bahamas.

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