"Barefoot Bandit" pleads guilty to federal charges

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Posted: Jun 17, 2011 4:48 PM
"Barefoot Bandit" pleads guilty to federal charges

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man accused of being the serial thief dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" pleaded guilty on Friday to seven federal charges.

Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to a superseding indictment unsealed in the case during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Under the 28-page plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Harris-Moore agreed to forfeit any profits, intellectual property and life story rights from his crimes.

He faces a maximum sentence of 78 months in prison and must pay more than $1.4 million in restitution when he is sentenced in October.

"Mr. Harris-Moore's flight from justice has ended. He will spend a significant amount of time in prison and he will not make a dime from his crimes," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said after the hearing.

Harris-Moore still faces a trial in state court over more than 40 charges filed sparely by four Washington counties in connection with what prosecutors said was a two-year crime spree.

(Reporting by Laura L. Myers; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Greg McCune)