The 20-year-old “Barefoot Bandit” has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges.
Colton Harris-Moore gained international notoriety while evading police across the US and Canada in stolen planes, boats and cars during a two-year 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 believed he was genuinely remorseful and contrite.
The Friday’s proceedings consolidated cases against Harris-Moore in three Washington state 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.
In a statement provided to Judge Vickie Churchill, he said his childhood was one he wouldn’t wish on his “darkest enemies.”
He said that despite this, he takes responsibility for the crime spree that brought him international notoriety.
He said that he’ll use his prison time to study and get ready to apply to college, with the hope of earning an aeronautical engineering degree.
He pleaded guilty to counts including identity theft, theft of a firearm and residential burglary.
Harris-Moore’s daring run from the law earned him international fame and a movie deal to help repay his victims after he flew a stolen plane from Indiana to the Bahamas in July 2010, crash-landed it near a mangrove swamp and was arrested by Bahamian authorities in a hail of bullets.
State prosecutors asked for a nine-and-a-half year sentence. Browne and attorney Emma Scanlan, sought a low-end, six-year term.
Harris-Moore’s first conviction came at age 12, in 2004, for possession of stolen property.