A look at the Barefoot Bandit's journey into infamy.
Created by seattletimesdotcom on Jun 24, 2010
Last updated: 01/27/12 at 11:51 AM
The exploits of Colton Harris-Moore, the gangly "Barefoot Bandit" who as a wily thief and self-taught pilot managed to elude police with aplomb from Washington to the Bahamas for two years, ended Friday in a federal courtroom, where a judge sentenced him to 6 ½ years in prison and three years of probation.
Lawyers for Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore are fighting back against the notion that he's not sorry for his infamous two-year crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010 in the Bahamas.
In a series of jailhouse emails and phone calls from the Federal Detention Center in the city of SeaTac, Harris-Moore variously refers to police as "swine" and "asses," the media as "vermin" and San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord as a "complete fool."
At one time, he had more than 56,000 followers on a Facebook fan page and became a cult hero as the Barefoot Bandit, who eluded cops as he stole airplanes and cars, and burglarized homes and businesses in a two-year crime spree. But on Friday, the journey of Colton Harris-Moore ended with little more than a sad whimper as he was sentenced to more than seven years in state prison.
The mother of Colton Harris-Moore says she's not responsible for crimes committed in the Barefoot Bandit case but she'd take the blame if it gets him out of prison faster.
The sentencing for the young Washington state man dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" has been rescheduled to Dec. 9 in federal court in Seattle to allow more time to settle state charges.
A deal that Colton Harris-Moore just signed for the movie rights to his life will come close to covering the $1.65 million in damages that state and federal prosecutors say he caused.
The Camano Island man, 20, also is expected to plead guilty to more than 30 felonies in Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties.
The U.S. government now owns the story of Colton Harris-Moore, the gawky delinquent thief and burglar who will cool his heels in prison while a movie about his exploits as the "Barefoot Bandit" appears headed for a theater near you.
The attorney representing Colton Harris-Moore says he is "within a day" of finalizing a plea agreement that will satisfy the dozens of jurisdictions where the so-called Barefoot Bandit is believed to have committed crimes during his years as a fugitive.
Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "Barefoot Bandit," injured his ankle playing volleyball at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, according to a member of the law firm representing him.
With Colton Harris-Moore purportedly prepared to plead guilty to numerous criminal charges, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of trying to prevent the so-called "Barefoot Bandit" from cashing in on his story. Above: John Henry Browne, attorney for Colton Harris-Moore
Prosecutors in the San Juan Islands have filed 16 additional theft and burglary charges in the "Barefoot Bandit" case.
A federal prosecutor handling the case of Colton Harris-Moore said Friday that he believes the case will be resolved in a plea agreement.
A $10,000 FBI reward offered for the capture of Colton Harris-Moore has been split among five men who helped Bahamian authorities in last summer's arrest.
Colton Harris-Moore, the teenage "Barefoot Bandit" who was the subject of a two-year manhunt, pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to five federal charges in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
In the motion to hold Colton Harris-Moore until the trial, federal prosecutors listed Colton Harris-Moore as a "a significant danger to the community" and ordered him held without bail. After the Barefoot Bandit appeared in court, his attorney, John Henry Browne, spoke to the media on the court house steps.
Colton Harris-Moore arrived in Washington after being held in Miami after his extradition from the Bahamas. Watch a video.
CNN.com puts out in article speculating who would be the best to play Harris-Moore in an adventure film about his exploits.
Prosecutors could seek to have them agree to turn over any profits from such deals in exchange for Harris-Moore avoiding a long prison sentence. The government could use the money to repay his alleged victims.
Colton Harris-Moore appeared in federal court today asking for more time so he can confirm he has an attorney. Photo credit: Tim Aylen, AP
Colton Harris-Moore was wearing shoes this time when he landed in Miami and was taken into custody by FBI agents.
The Today Show featured a clip showing surveillance footage of Colton Harris-Moore running from Bahamian authorities.
Colton Harris-Moore plead guilty to a minor offense in the Bahamas and is expected to be deported soon. The U.S. Embassy is expected to pay the $300 fine. Bahamian attorney, Monique Gomez, said her barefooted client told her that he just wanted to go home.
Over the past several weeks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Darwin Roberts has been in contact with police and prosecutors in states where Harris-Moore is suspected of committing crimes — a list that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana — to find out how the prosecution should proceed, said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle.
Bahamian Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade says Colton Harris-Moore will face trial in the Bahamas for weapons possession among other charges.
Colton Harris-Moore's mother, Pam Kohler, released a statement saying she was glad her son was safe and no one was injured during his capture.
A video posted on YouTube shows a man who appears to be Colton Harris-Moore being escorted off a plane by Bahamian officials. (Advance the video to 3:25 to see the escort.)
Colton Harris-Moore, who had been on the run for two years, was captured by police on Harbour Island after a brief, high-speed boat chase early Sunday morning, according to police officials. Photo credit: Felipe Major, AP
Colton Harris-Moore, who has successfully eluded teams of local police and FBI agents, may have slipped off the island where he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane nearly a week ago, police said Friday.
The latest news and alleged sitings of Wash. state's most infamous teen — straight from the Bahamas.
AP reports that the elusive teen "Barefoot Bandit" has been staying a step ahead of police in the Bahamas.
The FBI issues a wanted poster for Colton Harris-Moore.
Colton Harris-Moore apparently is an international fugitive, crash-landing a stolen plane and disappearing into the Abaco islands of the Bahamas in the town of Marsh Harbour. See a video of the Bahamas search. Owner Dwight Pinder said his shop, pictured, was burglarized Sunday night, shortly after a plane crashed in a nearby marsh. Photo credit MIKE MELIA/AP
In an interview with AOL News, Pam Kohler talks about her son, Colton Harris-Moore.
The hunt for the "Barefoot Bandit" shifts to the Bahamas. Federal prosecutors have unsealed a criminal complaint charging the Camano Island teen with interstate transportation of stolen property in connection with last fall's theft of an airplane in Idaho that crashed and was abandoned near Granite Falls.
A surveillance video captured brief footage of the Barefoot Bandit in an convenience store, pictured, in Great Abaco's Marsh Harbour before dawn Tuesday, July 6. Photo credit MIKE MELIA / AP
Police hunt across Abaco island in the Bahamas for signs of a pilot who vanished after wrecking a small plane. Investigators in the U.S. suspect toward Colton Harris-Moore. The single-engine Cessna that crashed in shallow waters off Abaco island was apparently stolen more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilomters) away in Bloomington, Ind.
CBS argues police are not actively searching for Harris-Moore, merely reacting to the crimes he does in each place.
Police in Oregon say prints recovered from a stolen boat match those of the teen burglar known as "The Barefoot Bandit." Watch the video.
Harris-Moore's trail continue as police recover an Ottumwa city truck in Dallas City.
A sheriff believes a June 13-14 break-in at South Dakota's Lawrence County Airport may be the work of Harris-Moore. As authorities investigate in South Dakota, police in Ottumwa, Iowa recover a stolen vehicle from Pellma, Iowa.
"When the cops come and bother me, that's when I think 'Run, Colton, run. Fly, Colton, fly.' I'm proud he taught hisself [sic] to fly," Pam Kohler, Harris-Moore's mother, told CBS news.
A 2008 Toyota Sequoia is reported stolen where Harris-Moore was last seen in South Dakota. The vehicle is found by police 60 miles south in Norfolk, Nebraska.
A family comes back to their home in Yankton, South Dakota, to find a man matching Colton Harris-Moore's description. DNA later confirms it was him.
Authorities in Warrenton, Ore. began investigating a boat and car theft, as well as an attempted plane theft that happened within hours of each other.
After his capture, Harris-Moore was transported to the Bahamian capital, on New Providence Island, and led off the plane — barefoot — in ankle shackles, handcuffs and a bulletproof vest.
Three p.m. on June 8 comes and goes without any sign of Harris-Moore taking his $50,000 opportunity.
An anonymous donor says he will give Harris-Moore $50,000 if he turns himself in to authorities by Thursday, June 3, 2010.
Everett-based bondsman Mike Rocha and colleagues have joined the search. Rocha says he is interested in helping Harris-Moore make bail and has lined up an attorney for him to work on his case pro bono. Pam Kohler, Harris-Moore's mother, says she thinks bounty hunters are doing it for publicity