Judge orders another hearing for 'Barefoot Bandit'

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm •  Published: March 21, 2013
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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered a new court date for two charges being pursued against convicted "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore.

Defense attorney John Henry Browne said he will file a motion to dismiss the two charges before the April 10 hearing.

The youthful thief who gained international notoriety has acknowledged dozens of crimes and was sentenced to seven years in prison as part of a 2011 plea deal with three counties.

Among those crimes was first-degree theft for stealing a Cirrus airplane from Anacortes in Skagit County in February 2010 and flying it to Orcas Island in San Juan County.

But in February, Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich, who refused to take part in the three-county deal, charged Harris-Moore with second-degree burglary for breaking into the Anacortes Airport and first-degree theft for taking the plane.

The hearing on Thursday lasted less than a half-hour. Harris-Moore was handcuffed and wore a red prison shirt and pants.

He smiled slightly as he arrived then stood with his head down most of the time, giving only basic answers to questions from Judge Michael Rickert.