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Colton Harris-Moore, the “Barefoot Bandit,” was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Friday.
The 20-year-old plead guilty to 33 felony charges he accumulated during a two-year crime spree that saw him steal boats, planes and cars throughout Washington state — often while not wearing shoes. The unique nature of the case even prompted a film deal with 20th Century Fox, something his plea prevents him from profiting from.
And while the Washington court did seem to throw the book at Harris-Moore, who’s claimed to be repentant since his 2010 arrest in the Bahamas, The Seattle Times reports the judge did have kind words for him.
“This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s also a triumph of the human spirit,” said Judge Vickie Churchill. She added that his childhood suffered a “mind-numbing absence of hope.”
In addition to the time he has to serve, Harris-Moore has been ordered to pay considerable restitution to his victims, something the judge added he would be able to take on after his reported $1.3 million movie deal.
Harris-Moore also faces a similar sentence from pending federal charges but they are expected to run concurrently.
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