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Dec172011

‘Barefoot Bandit’ Gets More than 7 Years for Crime Spree

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore was sentenced to more than seven years in prison this week on 33 charges related to stolen planes, boats, cars, weapons and other items.

Harris-Moore, 20,  who repeatedly eluded police until he was finally caught in the Bahamas in July 2010, was sentenced on Friday.

The terms of Harris-Moore’s plea-bargain prevents him from directly profiting from the upcoming film.

Instead, his share will go to his victims, which is partly why Judge Vickie Churchill didn’t sentence him to the 10 years prosecutors sought.

“I will impose the lower end of the standard,” Churchill said.

She also cited what she described as his remorse, and a childhood that his attorneys said was marred by abuse, including prenatal alcohol syndrome and his mother allegedly telling him she wished he’d been born dead.

However, Harris-Moore’s victims were not so forgiving.

“A lot of us had bad childhoods, right? And we didn’t turn into criminals over it,” said Lori Free, one in a flurry of victims spread across three Washington counties and into Canada.

“These people that think he’s a hero, they’ve obviously never been violated by something like this,” said victim Robert Gleyre, who said his wife feels unsafe since Harris-Moore broke into their home and stole a handgun and other items.

Harris-Moore returns to court in January to face federal charges related to his crimes.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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