Colton Harris-Moore AKA "The Barefoot Bandit" Sentenced
On January 27, 2012, Colton Harris-Moore, 20, of Camano Island, Washington, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington. In June 2011, Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to bank burglary, interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft, interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, being a fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid airman's certificate, and interstate transportation of a stolen vessel. Mr. Harris-Moore's lengthy crime spree began in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States to Indiana, ending with a crash landing in the Bahamas. As a result, Mr. Harris-Moore was sentenced to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Harris-Moore piloted aircraft without a valid airman's certificate and illegally flew stolen aircraft approximately six times in and around Washington State. Each time he did so, Mr. Harris-Moore risked crashing aircraft into people, property, and/or other aircraft. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones noted that Harris-Moore had endangered others with his "reckless conduct ... and a host and variety of poor choices." The Judge told him it was time for a "new life flight plan." Judge Jones ordered that Mr. Harris-Moore's Federal sentence be served concurrent with the 87-month sentence imposed in Island County Superior Court December 16, 2011, and also ordered that the Federal sentence be served consecutive to the juvenile sentence that Mr. Harris-Moore escaped from in 2008.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Mr. Harris-Moore forfeits any financial gain from telling his story and the proceeds are to be used to compensate the victims of his crimes. Mr. Harris-Moore acknowledged that the amount of loss caused to victims of his crimes is at least $1.4 million. The restitution amount Mr. Harris-Moore will be ordered to pay his victims will be determined at a restitution hearing, which is set for February 24, 2012. This investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI and numerous other state and local law enforcement agencies from across the county.