‘Barefoot Bandit’ to Repay Victims With Movie, Book Deal Profits
Colton Harris-Moore's lawyer says he was “very reluctant to make a dime off” his crimes, but “changed his mind” when he learned he could gain a more favorable plea deal.
The "Barefoot Bandit" may repay his victims by selling a movie or book about his two-year crime spree.
Colton Harris-Moore, 19, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and interstate transportation of stolen aircraft.
"He’s very reluctant to make a dime off this, he really is,” his lawyer, John Henry Browne, told the Associated Press of his client. But when he heard he could win a more favorable plea deal by repaying his victims, "that changed his mind a little bit.”
The United States attorney's office in Seattle offered no comment.
Harris-Moore earned widespread internet fame after committing many of the crimes without shoes or socks.
He was captured in the Bahamas this summer, shortly after he crash-landed a plane there and stole a boat.