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Colton Harris-Moore, aka the “Barefoot Bandit,” plead guilty to seven felonies in a Seattle federal court on Friday. The 20-year-old struck a deal with federal prosecutors that includes a recommendation for up to six and a half years in prison and the inability to profit from his crimes, including a proposed movie.
“He has pled guilty to seven felony charges [and] will spend a significant time in prison and will not make one dime from his crimes,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkin tells ABC News.
According to the agreement, Harris-Moore will be allowed to sell his story through a third party negotiator, but any profits will go towards paying off an estimated $1.4 million in losses claimed by his victims.
Harris-Moore has been charged in the thefts of at least five small aircrafts, two cars, and at least 100 private residences in the Pacific Northwest United States and Canada. He fled authorities on July 4, 2010 by flying an allegedly stolen plane to the Bahamas. He was apprehended in the Bahamas on July 11 and transported back to Seattle for trial. He was 18-years-old when he was apprehended.
He earned the nickname, “Barefoot Bandit,” because he committed some of his crimes in his bare feet. He became quite notorious for the brazen crimes with Facebook pages dedicated to him, as well as the sales of t-shirts and other merchandise about him.
Last April, 20th Century Fox purchased the film rights to a book about the young man’s crimes called Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw.
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