'Barefoot Bandit' gets 7 years for crime spree Judge Vickie Churchill said "this case is a tragedy in many ways, but it's a triumph of the human spirit in other ways.
" She described Harris Moore's upbringing as a "mind numbing absence of hope" and said she believed he was genuinely remorseful and contrite. "He survived," Churchill said. Friday's proceedings consolidated cases against Harris Moore in three Washington counties. He has already pleaded guilty to federal charges in Seattle and will be sentenced for those crimes early next year. He will serve his state and federal sentences at the same time. Wearing handcuffs and an orange jail uniform, Colton Harris Moore spoke softly in court while entering his pleas and sat next to his lawyers with his eyes downcast, looking even younger than his 20 years. In a statement provided to the judge, he said his childhood was one he wouldn't wish on his "darkest enemies." Still, he said he took responsibility for the crime spree that brought him international notoriety. Harris Moore said he studied manuals and online videos to teach himself to be a pilot, and the thrills he experienced while flying stolen planes renewed his passion for life and will help him rehabilitate while in prison. "The euphoria of the countdown to takeoff and the realization of a dream was nearly blinding," he said of his first illicit flight on Nov. 11, 2008. "My first thought after takeoff was 'Oh my God, I'm flying.' I had waited my entire life for that moment." He said he'll use his prison time to study and oakley store sale get ready to apply to college, with the hope of earning an aeronautical engineering degree. Several victims and a few curious citizens oakley outlet online watched Harris Moore enter his pleas in Island County Superior Court, along with Harris Moore's aunt. "He was a menace," Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks told the court. "His burglaries threatened and distressed people. People were afraid to leave their houses." He pleaded guilty to a total of 16 counts from Island County, including identity theft, theft of firearm and residential burglary. Then the hearing continued with Harris Moore pleading guilty to 17 counts from San Juan County. State prosecutors asked for a nine and a half year sentence. Browne and attorney Emma Scanlan, sought a low end, six year term, citing Harris Moore's bleak childhood in a Camano Island trailer with an alcoholic mother and a series of her convict boyfriends. They laid out the details of his upbringing in psychiatric and mitigation reports filed with the court. Criminal record begins Harris Moore's first conviction came at age 12, in 2004, for possession of stolen property, and according to the reports, his first experience with burglary came when he broke into the homes of his classmates to steal food because his mother spent most of her Social Security income on beer and cigarettes something she has denied. Over official oakley sunglasses online the next three years he was convicted of theft, burglary, malicious mischief and assault, among other crimes. At one point he was arrested when a detective posed as a pizza delivery driver. In 2007, the boy was sentenced to three years in a juvenile lockup after pleading guilty to three burglary counts in Island County. But he fled the minimum security facility in April 2008 and was soon back to his old tricks, breaking into unoccupied vacation homes, stealing food and sometimes staying there. As red faced investigators repeatedly failed to catch him, his antics escalated: He began stealing planes from small, rural airports and crash landing them at least five in all. "What was characterized by the media as the swashbuckling adventures of a rakish teenager were in fact the actions of a depressed, possibly suicidal young man with waxing and waning post traumatic stress disorder (following his first plane crash in November 2008)," wrote Dr. Richard S. Adler, a psychiatrist who evaluated him for the defense lawyers. Waves of burglaries broke out on Orcas Island, where Kyle Ater runs his Homegrown Market and Deli, in late 2009 blue and white oakleys and in early 2010, after stolen planes were found at the airport there. The second time, Harris Moore left Ater's new security system in a utility sink, under a running faucet. He took cash and a tray of croissants, and Ater's insurance company jacked up his rates. 'Fearing for our lives' Mike Parnell, a former owner of the Oakley sunglasses company who lives on Orcas, was repeatedly victimized. Harris Moore hid out for long periods in the second level of his hangar at the airport, and when Parnell and his family would go on trips in their plane, Harris Moore would take their car to their house and eat their food. At one point, Harris Moore entered their home while Parnell was there with his wife and three children and grabbed his wife's car keys off a counter. "We were all fearing for our lives," Parnell said Thursday. "The kids wouldn't sleep in their own bedrooms. We purchased night vision goggles. I'm glad that day is finally approaching when we will finally know what the consequences are, and I hope it's sufficient for the way our whole island suffered." Harris Moore's final spree came after he stole a pistol in eastern British Columbia and took a plane from a hangar in Idaho, where investigators found bare footprints on the floor and wall. That plane crashed near Granite Falls, Wash.
, after it ran out of fuel. He made his way to Oregon in a 32 foot boat stolen in southwestern Washington stopping first to leave $100 at an animal shelter in Raymond, Wash. "We wanted to be here just because he's so young, and everything he did, it's fascinating," Cain said.
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