'Barefoot Bandit' pleads guilty to burglary

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 4:17 am •  Published: May 9, 2013
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Rickert noted signs that Harris-Moore is changing, such as his work with a mentor.

Also, defense lawyer John Henry Browne said Harris-Moore had passed his high school equivalency General Educational Development tests with only three weeks of study.

"If you can fly an airplane by a manual," the judge said, "I guess you can pass a GED in three weeks."

Browne said it wouldn't be the last chapter in the Harris-Moore story, "because you're going to hear a lot more from Colton, but in positive ways."

Browne has clashed with Prosecutor Rich Weyrich and took another shot Wednesday over his filing of additional charges.

"This has been a waste of time and waste of money in my opinion," Browne said.

Weyrich said he was satisfied with the result "under the circumstance that we had to deal with the case."

"The point of the whole matter was that when this agreement was struck I disagreed, rather loudly, to the other prosecutors that this man was getting off way too light and that he should serve significantly more time than they wanted to give him," Weyrich said. "And that's why I backed out" of the earlier plea deal.