'Barefoot Bandit' to plead guilty in federal court

June 17, 2011 - 4:26 AM
Barefoot Bandit

FILE - This is a July 2009 file self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office showing Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors and a defense lawyer say a young Washington state man who gained international notoriety during a two-year run from the law in stolen boats, cars and planes is ready to plead guilty in the "Barefoot Bandit" case.

The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle says 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore is expected to enter his plea Friday in federal court. Defense lawyer Emma Scanlan agreed. She says the plea deal includes a sentencing recommendation and resolves the question of whether Harris-Moore can participate in book or movie deals, with proceeds used to repay victims. His lawyers have said restitution could total about $1.3 million.

He earned the "Barefoot Bandit" moniker by allegedly committing some of the crimes without shoes.

Authorities say Harris-Moore hopscotched his way across the United States, frequently stealing cars from parking lots after landing at small airports. In Indiana, he stole another plane and made for the Bahamas, where he was captured last July.