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'Barefoot Bandit' sentenced to 6 1/2 years

This July 2009 file self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called 'Barefoot Bandit.' (Island County Sheriff's Office)

January 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The so-called "Barefoot Bandit" has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after an international crime spree.

Colton Harris-Moore got his moniker for often going barefoot during a two-year run of crimes that included stealing airplanes and boats.

In one case, he stole a plane in Indiana and flew it to the Bahamas, where he was arrested.

The 20-year-old must still pay restitution to his victims. He apologized on Friday after his sentencing.

"I now know a crime that took place overnight will take years to recover from," he said in court.

Some of the money may come from a million dollar movie deal with 20th Century Fox.

Defense attorney John Henry Browne said he expects Harris-Moore to be out of prison in about 4 1/2 years, accounting for the 18 months he's already been in custody. Federal prosecutors declined to comment on how much time he might serve, saying that will be up to the Bureau of Prisons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.