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Prosecutors seek any profits of alleged "Barefoot Bandit"
May 28, 2011 / 12:58 AM / 6 years ago

Prosecutors seek any profits of alleged "Barefoot Bandit"

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - The 20-year-old man accused of being the serial burglar and thief dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" must forfeit any book or movie profits from his crimes, prosecutors say in a new indictment in the case.

Colton Harris-Moore, accused in a two-year spree of sometimes-shoeless crimes, was hit with a single additional charge in a superseding indictment handed down by a federal grand jury this week and made public on Thursday.

The new charge relates to the burglary of an automated teller machine in September 2009 on Orcas Island in Washington's Puget Sound.

In the indictment, prosecutors say Harris-Moore also must turn over any profits from his crime and "any and all intellectual property or other proprietary rights."

The baby-faced high school dropout and self-taught pilot so far faces about $1 million in property damage restitution, including about $400,000 for a crashed plane, defense attorney Emma Scanlan told Reuters.

"He has no desire to profit from his actions," Scanlan said.

Harris-Moore is accused of flying a stolen aircraft 1,000 miles last year from Indiana to the Bahamas, where his alleged crime spree ended on July 11, 2010.

Attorneys are still hammering out a complex plea agreement to consolidate all charges with federal prosecutors in 10 to 15 states.

"We're still moving forward with federal and state resolution," Scanlan said.

Harris-Moore has pleaded not guilty to a five-count federal indictment in November accuses him of stealing two planes and a boat, along with weapons violations.

Washington state prosecutors in Island and San Juan counties, however, want to hold Harris-Moore accountable locally for 30 crimes in those counties.

On May 17, Island County, where Harris-Moore grew up, filed 14 new felony charges that carry consecutive sentences of up to 120 years in prison. Five days earlier, San Juan County prosecutor Randy Gaylord filed 16 new charges, collectively punishable by up to 160 years in prison.

Harris-Moore is accused of island-hopping in the Pacific Northwest's San Juan Islands by using stolen vehicles, boats and planes, narrowly escaping at least twice and taunting authorities during his two years on the run.

Prosecutors accuse Harris-Moore of committing more than 80 burglaries, thefts and other crimes across nine Western and Midwestern states and British Columbia after escaping from juvenile detention in April 2008.

Scanlan said Harris-Moore would plead innocent to the latest indictment at a court hearing scheduled for June 9.

Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Jerry Norton

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