Might Barefoot Bandit trade profit for freedom?
SEATTLE — The tale of the Barefoot Bandit is Hollywood-ready, with its barely schooled, shoeless scamp dodging police as he allegedly stole planes and cars in a cross-country dash before he was nabbed in a high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas.
A well-known entertainment lawyer hired by Colton Harris-Moore’s mother says he is being swamped by un- solicited offers for book and movie deals, and no law would prohibit the 19-year-old or his mom from getting rich off his tale.
But prosecutors could seek to have them agree to turn over any profits in exchange for Harris-Moore avoiding a long prison sentence. The government could use the money to repay his alleged victims.
“It would be very difficult for him to make a pitch for leniency without a clean and total disgorgement of profits he or his family members are making,” said Mark Bartlett, former first assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle.
Harris-Moore was arrested in the Bahamas a week after he reportedly crash-landed there in a plane stolen July 4 from an Indiana airport. He is being returned to Seattle, where he faces a federal charge involving a plane stolen last year.