The Barefoot Bandit, Colton Harris-Moore, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday on charges stemming from his infamous string of theft and burglaries. Harris-Moore pleaded guilty last year to charges of stealing an airplane, piloting it without a license, burglarizing a bank and possessing a firearm as a fugitive. Prosecutors have recommended that the Barefoot Bandit receive 78 months in prison, while Moore's defense has asked for 70. A judge will make his decision on Friday.
Harris-Moore gained fame, and his moniker, the Barefoot Bandit, for leading authorities on a two-year manhunt. He evaded police, often barefoot, by escaping in stolen boats, planes, and cars. He left chalk outlines of his bare feet at some crime scenes, and was finally captured in July 2010 in the Bahamas. His antics made him somewhat of an internet sensation, with a page made for him on Facebook gaining 50,000 fans, and a book, and a movie deal from 20th Century Fox.
Harris-Moore also pleaded guilty in December to 33 state charges related to residential burglaries, identity thefts, a firearm theft, a car theft, attempting to elude a police vehicle and other offenses, according to court documents.
Harris-Moore accepted a federal plea-deal, part of which requires him to give up any proceeds he sees from the movie deal and book to the victims and the Federal government. He is estimated to owe 1.4 million in restitution, according to CNN. He would also give up any proceeds to pay restitution to Washington State.
His attorney has said that his client hopes to go to college one day to study aviation or engineering.
Harris-Moore, before he was the Barefoot Bandit, grew up in Camano Island, Washington, where neighbors have said he was neglected and abused, even calling Child Protective Services several times. His father, a drug user, was in prison while Harris-Moore was a toddler. His father walked out when Harris-Moore was 12, after his father attempted to choke him during a family barbeque.
His mother has said that she noticed something off about him, sort of a disconnection when he was a teenager. He frequently stole things, and spent weeks at a time in detention centers. Every time he had anything any good, everyone thought he stole it, his mother told the Associated Press in 2009. What does that do to a kid?