Might Bare­foot Bandit trade profit for free­dom?

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

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.

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