Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Barefoot Bandit Pleads Guilty

CNN is reporting that the Barefoot Bandit, nineteen year old Colton Harris-Moore, has pleaded guilty in a Bahamian court to a charge of illegally landing a plane. He was sentenced to three months in jail or a $300 fine. A deportation order was also entered in the case.

According to CNN:

Harris-Moore, 19, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez for arraignment Tuesday.

He was taken into custody on Harbour Island in the Bahamas early Sunday. He is sought in a string of home and airport break-ins in various U.S. locations along with thefts of vehicles. He faces charges in Washington state in the theft of an aircraft, and police have said they believe he stole a plane in Indiana and flew it to the Bahamas, where it was found off Abaco Island.

The teen has been on the run since he escaped from a juvenile halfway house in Renton, Washington, in 2008. The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

"At this point, we're not aware of any requests from the U.S. government or any government for extradition of the young man," Quincy Parker, spokesman for the Bahamas Embassy in Washington, said earlier Tuesday.

Harris-Moore is called the "barefoot bandit" because he was without shoes when he allegedly broke into houses. He also was barefoot when caught in the Bahamas at the Romora Bay Resort and Marina by police responding to a reported sighting Sunday.

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