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"Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail

Colton Harris-Moore AP Photo/ Island County Sheriff's Office

Colton Harris-Moore
AP Photo/ Island County Sheriff's Office
(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - A federal judge sentenced "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore to 6 and-a-half years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.

Authorities say Harris-Moore made his way across the United States in the stolen vehicles. He flew a stolen plane to the San Juan Islands, stole a pistol in British Columbia and took a plane from Idaho to Washington state. He then stole a boat in Washington to go to Oregon, and took a plane in Indiana and flew it to the Bahamas, where he was arrested. 

Pictures: Barefoot Bandit on the Run

Harris-Moore earned his name because he committed several of the crimes without wearing shoes.

He addressed the court before U.S. Judge Richard Jones imposed the sentence, which will be served concurrently with state prison time.

The "Bandit" said he was remorseful and that it would be "no stretch of the imagination to say that I'm lucky to be alive."

In recently released emails the 20-year-old called the Island County Sheriff names, and described his thieving feats as  "amazing," saying they were unmatched by anyone except the Wright Brothers.

Harris-Moore's attorneys acknowledged that in certain instances he bragged, but they said those writings were simply the product of an impulsive adolescent and don't reflect his true remorse.

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  • Crimesider Staff

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