After initially pleading not guilty to seven federal charges, a week laterpleads guilty on the morning of 6/17/2011, according to CBS News. He is not allowed to keep one dime of the money that will be made from movie offers, but instead the money will go to pay off the damages of property, planes, and boats that were stolen.
Who is Harris-Moore? He is the Barefoot Bandit. The 20-year old young man who has committed over 100 crimes in six states with his first conviction at 12-years old.
If you live in the state of Washington you've likely heard of the "Barefoot Bandit." If you're not from the Pacific Northwest, maybe you're not aware of the movie-like antics of Colton Harris-Moore.
He's the "catch me if you can" kid from Puget Sound who eluded authorities for over two years. He stole, flew, and often crash landed airplanes even though he's never had any formal flight school training.
Colton is no mere young man, standing at 6'5 tall and now 20 years old. This resourceful, nonviolent youth ran away from more than 100 crime scenes in six states. He stole vehicles, planes, and boats.
Often human foot prints were left behind after a plane or boat was stolen. When he was finally arrested in the Bahamas, you guessed it; the bandit wasn't wearing any shoes.
Harris-Moore has been made into a folk hero by a couple of bands with lyrics singing of his account, his over 75,000 Facebook fans, and the fact that 20th Century Fox has purchased the rights to his story.
Victims of his crashed planes, broken in homes, and stolen boats aren't laughing though, or requesting to be his friends on Facebook.
"I am amazed that we are this far along," said Colton Harris-Moore's attorney, John Henry Browne,
He says the deal would solve every case in 17 local, state and federal jurisdictions.
Browne says it's almost unprecedented, hence the time it's took to complete the deal.
Just as the plea deal motion got off the ground, also a new book took flight about the "Barefoot Bandit". Jackson Holtz, an Everett Herald crime beat reporter has authored the new book: Fly, Colton, Fly: The True Story of the Barefoot Bandit.