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Old 12-17-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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'Barefoot Bandit' gets more than 7 years for spree - Yahoo! News

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) At times, Colton Harris-Moore's two years on the run were euphoric the nights of beatific solitude in the woods, the soaring adrenalin rush of his first moments airborne in the cockpit of a stolen plane.

But most other times were far less glamorous: sleeping in portable toilets or culverts as he sought shelter from the elements and the police.
The youthful thief who rocketed to international notoriety as the "Barefoot Bandit" is done with both extremes for the moment. He was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in a Washington state prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his crime spree.

Harris-Moore, now 20, showed no reaction as the sentence was delivered by a judge who took pity on his bleak upbringing at the hands of an alcoholic mother and a series of her convict boyfriends a situation she described as a "mind-numbing absence of hope."

"This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it's a triumph of the human spirit in other ways," Island County Judge Vickie Churchill said. "I could have been reading about the history of a mass murderer. I could have been reading about a drug abusive, alcoholic young man. That is the triumph of Colton Harris-Moore: He has survived."

Harris-Moore's daring run from the law earned him international fame and a movie deal to help repay his victims after he flew a stolen plane from Indiana to the Bahamas in July 2010, crash-landed it near a mangrove swamp and was arrested by Bahamian authorities in a hail of bullets.
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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'Barefoot Bandit' gets more than 7 years for spree - Yahoo! News

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) At times, Colton Harris-Moore's two years on the run were euphoric the nights of beatific solitude in the woods, the soaring adrenalin rush of his first moments airborne in the cockpit of a stolen plane.

But most other times were far less glamorous: sleeping in portable toilets or culverts as he sought shelter from the elements and the police.
The youthful thief who rocketed to international notoriety as the "Barefoot Bandit" is done with both extremes for the moment. He was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in a Washington state prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his crime spree.

Harris-Moore, now 20, showed no reaction as the sentence was delivered by a judge who took pity on his bleak upbringing at the hands of an alcoholic mother and a series of her convict boyfriends a situation she described as a "mind-numbing absence of hope."

"This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it's a triumph of the human spirit in other ways," Island County Judge Vickie Churchill said. "I could have been reading about the history of a mass murderer. I could have been reading about a drug abusive, alcoholic young man. That is the triumph of Colton Harris-Moore: He has survived."

Harris-Moore's daring run from the law earned him international fame and a movie deal to help repay his victims after he flew a stolen plane from Indiana to the Bahamas in July 2010, crash-landed it near a mangrove swamp and was arrested by Bahamian authorities in a hail of bullets.

I remember first hearing about this case. Stealing planes and crashing them...Unbelievable. Hope this young man can somehow turn his life around day. Although I do not condone his crimes, Wow he had some adventure...
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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Wow he had some adventure...

Yeah he did!
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:41 PM
 
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Caught a 48 hours on this once....really interesting. Reminds me of frank abignale when he went on the run.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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Reminds me of frank abignale when he went on the run.

I read his book.
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Originally Posted by WhipperSnapper 88
Reminds me of frank abignale when he went on the run.


I read his book.


That was an amazing and impressive story! I actually became incredibly in awe, perhaps an over the top statement to make; however, that was on clever and smart guy!
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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Reminds me of frank abignale when he went on the run.


I read his book.

That was an amazing and impressive story! I actually became incredibly in awe, perhaps an over the top statement to make; however, that was on clever and smart guy!

And Frank was only in his late teens when he began his career as a con artist in the 1960's.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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And Frank was only in his late teens when he began his career as a con artist in the 1960's.
And now hes a multi millionaire. Sometimes crime does pay.
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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But I also think part of his 'earned' income was as a consultant to the Feds - correct? He was paid for his expertise!
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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But I also think part of his 'earned' income was as a consultant to the Feds - correct? He was paid for his expertise!

Yeah you are right.
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