Harris-Moore is pleading not guilty to federal charges:
“Barefoot bandit” suspect Colton Harris-Moore, the teen accused in a two-year spree of sometimes-shoeless burglaries and thefts, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of interstate transportation of a stolen plane, boat and gun.
Not guilty pleas on behalf of Harris-Moore, 19, also were entered in federal court by his lawyer to charges of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and of flying a plane without a pilot’s license.
The five charges, collectively punishable by up to 43 years in prison, were brought in an indictment returned by a grand jury last week, adding to the prosecutions mounting against the youth in his home state of Washington and elsewhere.
Reuters: “Barefoot bandit” suspect pleads innocent
It wasn’t clear to me from this article whether he’s pleading no guilty to *all* charges against him, or if there may be other charges that he will plead guilty to. Previous coverage suggested his lawyers were trying to reach a plea-bargain. The story does note that charges from Washington and various states are piling up.
November 22, 2010 at 10:09 am
Of course, one cannot ‘plead innocent’ to charges. On pleads ‘not guilty’. It’s easier to prove not guilty than innocent.
November 22, 2010 at 10:12 am
You’re absolutely right Scott, that was slop on my part. Fixed.