Lawyer: Barefoot Bandit's plea talks hit snag

Jun 8, 2011

The lawyer for the young man known as the Barefoot Bandit says plea negotiations have hit a snag as federal prosecutors balk at allowing him to sell the rights to his sensational tale, even if money from movie or book deals is used to repay his victims.

Colton Harris-Moore led authorities on a two-year game of cat-and-mouse in stolen boats, planes and cars that finally ended with his arrest in the Bahamas last summer.

His lawyer, John Henry Browne, says no final decision has been made.

The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Harris-Moore is expected to plead not guilty Thursday to an amended indictment filed against him last month.