'Barefoot Bandit' to plead guilty in Wash. court

December 15, 2011 - 5:40 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — When Colton Harris-Moore broke into Kyle Ater's grocery store in Washington's San Juan Islands, he wrote a message in chalk on the floor: "C-Ya!"

Turns out the Barefoot Bandit was right.

Harris-Moore will see Ater and other victims on Friday at Island County Superior Court, where he is expected to plead guilty to about 30 state charges from a two-year, cross-country crime spree in stolen planes, boats and cars.

Harris-Moore's daring run from the law earned him international notoriety, not to mention a movie deal. He flew a stolen plane from Indiana to the Bahamas in July 2010, crash-landed near a mangrove swamp and was arrested by Bahamian authorities in a hail of bullets.

Prosecutors are seeking a 10-year prison sentence. His attorneys are asking for six years.