Colton Harris-Moore, a.k.a. the infamous “Barefoot Bandit” was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison by federal judge this Friday. He is guilty of an international crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts that lasted two years and ended in 2010.
Harris-Moore is a 20-year-old young man who claims to achieve the â€œrealization of a lifelong dreamâ€ while stealing â€œflights in stolen planes with no formal flight trainingâ€. After the sentence his arrogance had change to remorse and said that his â€œarroganceâ€ led him to â€œkeep aliveâ€ his â€œdream of flyingâ€.
Prosecutor Darwin Roberts has confirmed the rumour that the 6-feet-4-inches tall lanky youth has landed a film offer on his life. Roberts said that a deal has been signed with 20th Century Fox for a movie based on Harris-Moore for a deal worth about $1.3 million. However, he was sarcastic enough to add that he did not expect that to be enough money to cover restitution.
After the sentence Harris-Moore told the court, â€œI’d like to first say that what I did could be called daring, but it is no stretch of the imagination to say that I’m lucky to be alive. I should have died years ago.â€
Defense attorney John Henry Browne has further said that he was expecting Harris-Moore to serve a sentence of four and a half years as he has already spent 18 months in custody so far. But the decision on the length of time Harris-Moore is to spend in prison will rest on the Bureau of Prisons.
During the infamous two years of his life, heÂ flew a plane stolen in Washington state to the San Juan Islands and then stole a pistol in British Columbia. He took a plane from Idaho to Washington state where he stole a plane to go to Oregon. From Oregon he stole another plane to fly to Indiana went on to the Bahamas, where was arrested.
Harris-Moore is called the â€œBarefoot Banditâ€ because he stayed bare foot while committing a number of these crimes. His daring flights and elusive personality won him a number of fans.
This Friday the brashness and swagger disappeared as U.S. District Judge Richard Jones imposed the sentence, which will be served concurrently with state prison time.
Harris-Moore said, â€œWhat I did could be called daring, but it is no stretch of the imagination to say that am lucky to be alive … absolutely lucky. I should have died years ago.â€
Though the defense expects him to serve about four more years of prison sentence, but the decision will rest on the Prison authorities.
The fans of Harris-Moore had created a fan page for him which was followed by thousands of fans and admirers around the world. When the judge asked Harris-Moore to share his advice with those thousands, he humbly replied that â€œhis flights in stolen planes with no formal flight training â€” though the realization of a lifelong dream â€” were in fact frighteningâ€.
Defense lawyers took the stand that foolhardy approach of the 6-foot-5 youth was because of a nightmarish childhood. In his childhood he was made to break into nearby homes to find food and clothing as a result of his mother’s alcoholism, abuse and neglect. Defense lawyer John Henry Browne said that the upbringing of Harris-Moore â€œworse than a dog’sâ€.
Prosecutors claimed that the 6.5 years o sentence was the lenient side of the deserved sentence keeping in mind Harris-Moore’s rough childhood. His crimes resulted in $1.3 million in losses to victims.