Barefoot Bandit Apologizes to Victims For Crime Spree

Lawfuel.com – The so-called “Barefoot Bandit”, Colton Harris-Moore has got a six-and-a-half year sentence for his worldwide crime spree, which included break-ins, the thefot of boats and plane and other offences.

Associated Press report that Harris-Moore, had hopscotched his way across the United States, authorities said. He flew a plane stolen in northwestern Washington to the San Juan Islands, stole a pistol in British Columbia and took a plane from Idaho to Washington state, stole a boat in southwestern Washington to go to Oregon, and took a plane in Indiana and flew to the Bahamas, where was arrested.

The 20-year-old earned his nickname because he committed several of the crimes without wearing shoes, and he attracted fans across the nation for his ability to evade police.

Harris-Moore apologized to his victims shortly before U.S. District Judge Richard Jones imposed the sentence, which will be served concurrently with state prison time.

“I now know a crime that took place overnight will take years to recover from,” he said in court.

He particularly apologized for stealing planes, saying his arrogance led him to keep alive his dream of flying.

“What I did could be called daring, but it is no stretch of the imagination to say that am lucky to be alive … absolutely lucky,” he said. “I should have died years ago.”

Defense attorney John Henry Browne said he expects Harris-Moore to be out of prison in about 4 1/2 years, accounting for the 18 months he’s already been in custody. Federal prosecutors declined to comment on how much time he might serve, saying that will be up to the Bureau of Prisons.

Outside the courthouse, Harris-Moore’s mother, Pam Kohler of Camano Island, said her son gave her a letter in court, but she refused to talk to reporters. She hit a television crew’s microphone and camera, and a newspaper photographer’s camera with her purse.

Before Friday’s sentencing, defense attorneys said federal prosecutors released cherry-picked excerpts from emails in an effort to make Harris-Moore appear callous and self-aggrandizing.

He called the Island County sheriff “king swine,” called prosecutors “fools,” and referred to reporters as “vermin.” He also described his feats — stealing and flying planes with no formal training — “amazing” and said they were unmatched by anyone except the Wright brothers.

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