Barefoot Bandit Pleads Guilty, Will Be Deported
Harris-Moore smiles after being charged with minor offense in Bahamas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2010 2:13 PM CDT
Colton Harris-Moore exits a plane handcuffed as he is escorted by police upon arrival to Nassau, Bahamas, Sunday.   (AP Photo/Felipe Major)

(Newser) – The teenage fugitive police have dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" pleaded guilty to a minor offense in the Bahamas today and is expected to be deported soon to the US to face prosecution. Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty to illegal entry into the country at his first court appearance in the Bahamas, where police ended the 19-year-old convict's alleged 2-year crime spree by capturing him following a high-speed boat chase.

The charge stemming from his alleged crash of a stolen plane on Great Abaco Island carries a $300 fine or 3 months in jail, followed by deportation. His lawyer said the US Embassy would pay the fine. The shackled teen smiled after the judge read the sentence. Bahamian police had earlier said he would face other charges, including illegal weapons possession and boat thefts.