‘Barefoot Bandit’ deported to Miami

Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty in the Bahamas. Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty in the Bahamas.
Associated Press / July 14, 2010

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MIAMI — The American teenager who police call the “Barefoot Bandit’’ is back in the United States after being deported from the Bahamas.

Officials say law enforcement officials escorted Colton Harris-Moore on a commercial flight to Miami yesterday, hours after he pleaded guilty to illegally entering the country at his first court appearance in the Bahamas, where police ended the 19-year-old convict’s alleged two-year crime spree by capturing him after a high-speed boat chase.

The charge stemming from a crash of a stolen plane on Great Abaco Island carries a $300 fine or three months in jail, followed by deportation. His lawyer, Monique Gomez, said the US Embassy would pay the fine.

“Colton wants to go home,’’ Gomez said.

The shackled teen smiled after the judge read the sentence. Bahamian police had earlier said that he would face other charges including illegal weapons possession related to a string of break-ins and thefts during his weeklong hideout in the country.

Harris-Moore wore white high-top sneakers without laces and kept his head down as armed officers escorted him to the courthouse.

Authorities say he earned his nickname by committing some crimes while shoeless, and in February he drew footsteps with chalk all over the floor of a grocery store during a burglary in Washington, police contend. top stories on Twitter

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