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Jun192011

'Barefoot Bandit' Colton Harris-Moore Won't Cash In on Crime Spree

BananaStock (File Photo)(SEATTLE) -- "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore won't be profiting from his seemingly made-for-Hollywood crime spree, a two-year run of daring capers including stealing planes and boats.

Harris-Moore, who as a teenager repeatedly eluded police until he was finally run to ground in the Bahamas in July 2010, pleaded guilty Friday to seven felonies at a federal court in Seattle.

Harris-Moore, now 20, entered the federal courtroom looking calm, with a slight smile on his face, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle reported.

After answering a litany of questions from the judge, he said the word "guilty" seven times, admitting to stealing planes, cars, guns, a boat and more, from the San Juan Islands across the country and beyond to the Bahamas.

The deal worked out between federal prosecutors and Harris-Moore includes a recommendation that he spend five to six and a half years in prison.

He also agreed not to profit from his crimes. He is allowed to sell his story, but the deal would have to be negotiated by a third party and profits would have to go to paying off his victims, who collectively suffered an estimated $1.4 million in losses and damages.

In addition to the federal charges that were resolved with the plea deal, Harris Moore faces dozens of state charges that are expected to be filed by prosecutors in San Juan, Island, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

In the months before his arrest, he had apparently branched out from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, where he is listed as a suspect for crimes committed in South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana.

Harris-Moore's two years on the run came to an end fitting for a Hollywood movie, when he was taken into custody in the Bahamas after a half-hour long boat chase that ended with police riddling his boat with bullets.

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