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'Barefoot Bandit,' Colton Harris-Moore to plead guilty in US court

Barefoot Bandit: The 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore hopscotched his way across the United States as he evaded authorities during a two-year crime spree.

By Gene JohnsonAssociated Press / December 16, 2011

This July 2009 file self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called 'Barefoot Bandit.' Harris-Moore on Dec. 16 is expected to plead guilty to about 30 state felony charges arising from a two-year, cross-country crime spree in stolen planes, boats and cars.

Island County Sheriff's Office via The Herald/AP

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The young U.S. thief who gained an international following as the "Barefoot Bandit" by stealing planes, boats and cars is expected to plead guilty in Washington state.

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The 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore hopscotched his way across the United States as he evaded authorities during a two-year crime spree. He was arrested after he flew a stolen plane from Indiana to the Bahamas in July 2010 and crash-landed it near a mangrove swamp.

Harris-Moore earned his nickname by committing some of the crimes barefoot.

Harris-Moore has already pleaded guilty to federal charges, and on Friday he is expected to plead guilty to about 30 felonies, including burglary charges. Prosecutors will ask for a sentence of just under 10 years, while his lawyers are seeking a six-year term.