A Seattle federal judge today meted out a 78-month sentence for Colton Harris-Moore, whose infamous two year cross-country crime spree of burglaries and airplane theft has made him, for better or worse, something of a national legend. Songs were written about him, and he got a Facebook page. Books and movies are likely on the way. The sentencing, though, by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones, is of little consequence to the Barefoot Bandit, as it will run with his state sentence of just over seven years.
Today's sentencing ends a memorable week of more trials and tribulations for the 20-year Camano Island man, whose emails -- at least the excepts chosen to be released to the public by prosecutors -- caused a stir when he called the Island County sheriff "king swine," and referred to reporters as "vermin."
Still, his lawyers insisted the emails, if taken in their entirety, reveal that Harris-Moore is sorry for what he did and the grief he caused his victims.
"I now know a crime took place overnight will take years to recover from," he said today before Judge Jones sentenced him. "What I did could be called daring, but it is no stretch of the imagination to say that I am lucky to be alive ... absolutely lucky. I should have died years ago."
Harris-Moore was reportedly calm while addressing the court and avoided eye contact with his victims.
Supporters, according to one of his lawyers, have sent Harris-Moore nearly $50,000 and 20th Century Fox is putting together a draf script for a movie.