Judge orders another hearing for Barefoot Bandit
The April 10 hearing will be to consider dismissing new charges, which are for a crime Colton Harris-Moore already pleaded guilty to in a 2011 plea deal with three counties, said his attorney John Henry Browne.
The Associated Press
MOUNT VERNON — A superior court judge in Skagit County ordered a new court date Thursday for charges that county’s prosecutor is pursuing against Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore.
The next hearing on April 10 will be to consider dismissing the new charges, which are for a crime Harris-Moore already pleaded guilty to in a 2011 plea deal with three counties, said his attorney John Henry Browne.
The 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 resolving charges against him in three Washington 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.
In February, Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich, who had refused to take part in the three-county plea deal, charged Harris-Moore with second-degree burglary for breaking into the Anacortes Airport and first-degree theft for taking the plane.
Thursdays’ hearing lasted less than a half-hour. Harris-Moore wore a red shirt and pants from prison. He was in handcuffs and those were chained around his waist. He smiled slightly as he arrived, but then stood with his head down most of the time, giving only basic answers to questions from Judge Michael Rickert. At times, Browne showed him papers to read and sign.
Before the next hearing, Browne said, he will file a motion to dismiss the theft charges as a violation of Harris-Moore’s Fifth Amendment right against being prosecuted twice for the same crime.
The lawyer said he will file the motion to dismiss the burglary charge based on prosecutorial misconduct.
Weyrich has said he didn’t join the plea deal because he wanted Harris-Moore to answer for the Skagit County crimes in a local courtroom.