'Barefoot Bandit' Pleads Not Guilty

Attorney hopes he can be free in 4 years
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 2:08 PM CST

(Newser) – Everybody's favorite barefoot ex-fugitive had a court appearance today, at which Colton Harris-Moore pleaded not guilty to five charges related to his storied spree. He spoke in a "strong, flat tone" and didn't look at the crowd in the gallery, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Other tidbits from the P-I:

  • Now 19, Harris-Moore is still in solitary confinement, where he makes technical drawings of airplanes, presumably like the ones he flew without training.
  • His attorney calls him "one of the most interesting people I've ever met" and hopes he can be free in 4 years.

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  • Prosecutors suspect him in at least 80 crimes—which could make those hopes for a 4-year term too optimistic—and the federal attorney says he shouldn't be "glorified."
  • His attorney is apparently something of a showboat, and he warned that he'd "bankrupt" the county if a plea deal couldn't be reached. Such a deal would likely involve him pleading to federal charges, at which point local and state charges would be dropped or otherwise resolved.
(Read more Barefoot Bandit stories.)

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