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Friday
Jan272012

'Barefoot Bandit' Gets Maximum Sentence

Hemera/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A federal judge in Seattle sentenced the "Barefoot Bandit" to the maximum six and a half years in prison for a string of thefts and burglaries after the 20-year-old bragged to friends in emails from jail that prosecutors were "fools" and he'd emerge "unscathed."

Judge Richard A. Jones on Friday also sentenced Colton Harris-Moore, who pled guilty to 33 state and seven federal felony charges during his two years as a fugitive, to three years of probation. The federal sentence is to run concurrently with a seven-year state sentence, as part of a plea agreement. The maximum federal sentence was six and a half years, as negotiated by his attorneys.

The attorneys for the "Barefoot Bandit" said the emails disclosed this week in which he criticized police and prosecutors, were taken out of context and it was "not unusual" for the young man to be upset with authorities.

Harris-Moore pled guilty to charges of state theft and burglary in December after his two-year crime spree, including the thefts of two airplanes and a boat, as well as a string of break-ins.

Prosecutors disclosed over a year's worth of emails on Tuesday ahead of his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. In the emails, Harris-Moore called the Island County sheriff "king swine," and referred to prosecutors as "fools" and reporters as "vermins." He also wrote to one friend, "I won't be out tomorrow but I have no doubt I will emerge unscathed back on track."

His attorney, Emma Scanlan, said prosecutors provided thousands of pages of emails and correspondence over the last 18 months, some of which were out of context and truncated. In a response filed on Thursday, Harris-Moore's defense states that the emails do not show a lack of remorse previously displayed. Harris-Moore wrote the state and federal judges presiding over his cases a lengthy six-page email in December, expressing his regret to victims and detailing his troubled past.

The defense said in the court filing that he was provisionally diagnosed with "Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder and is extraordinarily suggestible."

"When you have someone diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and shows he will be grandiose, he will have limited ability to understand the consequences of what he is saying," Scanlan told ABC News.

Harris-Moore is known as the "Barefoot Bandit" for allegedly not wearing shoes during some crimes. Officials say he did wear shoes most of the time, though authorities often name bandits with monikers so they are more easily identifiable.

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Friday
Jan272012

'Barefoot Bandit's' Attorneys Defend His Emails Ahead of Sentencing

Brand X Pictures/ThinkstockUPDATE: A federal judge in Seattle sentenced the "Barefoot Bandit" to the maximum six and a half years in prison for a string of thefts and burglaries after the 20-year-old bragged to friends in emails from jail that prosecutors were fools and he'd emerge unscathed.

(SEATTLE) -- Ahead of his sentencing on Friday, the attorneys for the "Barefoot Bandit" say the emails disclosed this week in which he criticized police and prosecutors, were taken out of context and it was "not unusual" for the young man to be upset with authorities.

Colton Harris-Moore, 20, pled guilty to charges of state theft and burglary in December after his two-year crime spree, including the thefts of two airplanes and a boat, as well as a string of break-ins.  Prosecutors disclosed over a year's worth of emails on Tuesday ahead of his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

In the emails, Harris-Moore called the Island County sheriff "king swine," and referred to prosecutors as "fools" and reporters as "vermins."

He also wrote to one friend, "I won't be out tomorrow but I have no doubt I will emerge unscathed back on track."

His attorney, Emma Scanlan, said prosecutors provided thousands of pages of emails and correspondence over the last 18 months, some of which were out of context and truncated.  In a response filed on Thursday, Harris-Moore's defense states that the emails do not show a lack of remorse previously displayed.  Harris-Moore wrote the state and federal judges presiding over his cases a lengthy six-page email in December, expressing his regret to victims and detailing his troubled past.

The defense said in the court filing that he was provisionally diagnosed with, "Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder and is extraordinarily suggestible."

"When you have someone diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and shows he will be grandiose, he will have limited ability to understand the consequenses of what he is saying," Scanlan told ABC News.

Scanlan said a doctor who has evaluated him extensively said people who have his profile and are affected by alcohol in the womb have grandiose ideas about themselves.

Harris-Moore is known as the "Barefoot Bandit" for allegedly not wearing shoes during some crimes, leaving bare footprints in the woods after landing a stolen airplane near Granite Falls, Wash. Officials say he did wear shoes most of the time, though authorities often name bandits with monikers so they are more easily identifiable.

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Saturday
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.

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