SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sentenced “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.Harris-Moore hopscotched his way across the United States, authorities said. He flew a plane stolen in northwestern Washington to the San Juan Islands, stole a pistol in British Columbia and took a plane from Idaho to Washington state, stole a boat in southwestern Washington to go to Oregon, and took a plane in Indiana and flew to the Bahamas, where was arrested.He earned his nickname because he committed several of the crimes without wearing shoes.Harris-Moore apologized to his victims shortly before U.S. Judge Richard Jones imposed the sentence, which will be served concurrently with state prison time.“I now know a crime that took place overnight will take years to recover from,” the 20-year-old said in court.He particularly apologized for stealing planes, saying his arrogance led him to keep alive his dream of flying.“What I did could be called daring, but it is no stretch of the imagination to say that am lucky to be alive … absolutely lucky,” he said. “I should have died years ago.”Before Friday’s sentencing, defense attorneys said federal prosecutors released cherry-picked excerpts from emails in an effort to make Harris-Moore appear callous and self-aggrandizing.
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