Saturday, January 28, 2012

Colton Harris-Moore aka 'Barefoot Bandit' sentenced to six and a half years in prison over string of plane heists

A federal judge on Friday sentenced 'Barefoot Bandit' Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.

Harris-Moore 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. He nabbed a boat in southwestern Washington to go to Oregon, and took a plane in Indiana and flew to the Bahamas, where was arrested.

He earned his nickname because he committed several of the crimes without wearing shoes.

Harris-Moore apologized to his victims shortly before US 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,' the 20-year-old 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.' Read More