"Barefoot Bandit" signs movie deal to pay victims

Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:20pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 20-year-old convicted burglar dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" has agreed to a $1.1 million movie deal to pay victims of his crime spree, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Colton Harris-Moore's agreement with Twentieth Century Fox will allow the convicted felon to share a life story that includes teaching himself to fly, stealing planes, taunting authorities and going shoeless.

Harris-Moore, a high school dropout who grew up north of Seattle on Camano Island and the San Juan islands, was accused of a string of sometimes barefoot burglaries in several states.

He used stolen boats and planes to stay one step ahead of authorities on his trail.

He pleaded guilty in June to several federal charges, including two counts of bank burglary, two counts of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft and piloting an aircraft without a valid license.

Harris-Moore faces a sentence of over six years in prison under his plea agreement with prosecutors, who have insisted that any film deal benefit his victims.

The movie agreement with Fox is worth $1.1 million, and Harris-Moore believes it is enough to pay off his victims, said his attorney Lance Rosen, who negotiated the deal.

Federal prosecutors estimate Harris-Moore owes $1.4 million in restitution, but Rosen said his client believes the actual figure is lower and will seek to prove that in court.   Continued...