(CBS/AP/KIRO) SEATAC, Wash. - "Barefoot Bandit" suspect Colton Harris-Moore pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to federal charges stemming from a two-year crime spree that spanned several states.
Prosecutors said Harris-Moore led authorities on a game of cat-and-mouse in stolen boats, planes and cars that finally ended with his arrest in the Bahamas last summer, reports CBS affiliate KIRO.
The Daily Herald reports that negotiations for a deal that would eventually result in a guilty plea continue.
The main point of contention is reportedly whether Harris-Moore would be allowed to sell his story.
Harris-Moore's lawyer, John Henry Browne, said his 20-year-old client would use the money from movies and books to repay victims.
San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish and Island counties all have pending cases against Harris-Moore which include 15 or 16 felonies.
Officials said based on Washington law, it makes sense for the counties to work together, but no agreement has been made yet.
Harris-Moore would still have to answer to charges in all four jurisdictions, but for efficiency, Island County would be the one location used.
The man hails from the Island County city of Camano Island, where many of the crimes were committed.