"Barefoot Bandit" refused enriching by means of his own history
Mariana Puzderi/ Chișinău / Moldova.ORG / -- Twenty year old American, Colton Harris-Moore, known as the"Barefoot Bandit", pleaded guilty in seven charges and has agreed to deal with the justice, according to The Seattle Times.
Earlier, Harris-Moore who got his nickname because of the crimes committed barefoot, repeatedly declared his innocence.
Harris-Moore pleaded guilty of bank robbery, aircraft illegal transportation from state to state, stolen weapons transportation, illegal acquisition of firearms, aircraft driving without license and committing several other crimes.
In addition, under the terms of the deal with the prosecution, all the funds that Harris-Moore can get in the future from selling his story will be transferred to the victims of his crimes.
Royalties from the sale of the "barefoot bandit" story was one of the key issues when discussing the deal between the prosecution and the defense. "Despite state's will, [based on the story of Harris-Moore] there will be a film made. There will be lots of books edited. And that will generate dividents",- said the "barefoot bandit's" lawyer.
According to Harris-Moore's attorney, his client is not willing to enrich on the crimes committed and intends to spend money received from selling his story on recovering damages of his actions. According to the lawyer, the total damage of his client's crimes is estimated at 1.5 million dollars.
Harris-Moore sentence will be announced in October 28, 2011. The prosecution has recommended imprisonment of the young man for a term of five to six and a half years. Previously, he risked up to ten years imprisonment.
The "Barefoot Bandit" was arrested by police in the Bahamas, where he came from the United States in a stolen airplane, in July 2010. A few days after his arrest, he confessed of illegal entry to the Bahamas and was fined by a local court for $ 300 and he was extradited to the United States in the same day.
In 2008, Harris-Moore escaped from prison in Washington, where he was serving a three-year term for theft. Before the moment of his detention in the summer of 2010, he has been hiding from the police, moving interstate by stolen transport. He had learned operating aircraft, presumably, by means of computer flight simulation. It is noteworthy that Harris-Moore was first detained by the police at the age of 12.