Lawyer: 'Barefoot Bandit' sits in solitary drawing airplanes

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In a file photo, Colton Harris-Moore is seen after his arrest in the Bahamas.
SEATTLE -- The attorney for the teenager accused of being the "Barefoot Bandit" says he's negotiating a possible plea deal.

Colton Harris-Moore, 19, pleaded not guilty in Seattle to federal charges against him, including interstate transportation of stolen aircraft and being a fugitive in possession of a firearm.

Afterward, attorney John Henry Browne told reporters that discussions are in the early stages on a possible deal that would resolve both federal and state charges against Harris-Moore.

In court Thursday, Harris-Moore said little, speaking only to confirm his name and year of birth for the judge and saying he understood the charges against him.

Browne said Harris-Moore doesn't like the attention created by the case and is embarrassed about the situation. The teen is being held in solitary confinement at a federal detention center in SeaTac.

"He's actually choosing to be in segregation," Browne said, adding that Harris-Moore spends his time sitting in his cell drawing airplane designs. "Considering the circumstances he's doing okay."

The charges stem from a crime spree that authorities say began after Harris-Moore walked away from a halfway house near Seattle in 2008. Authorities allege he hopscotched his way around the Northwest - and then the country - in stolen planes, boats and cars, breaking into grocery stores, homes and ATMs along the way.

Harris-Moore could face up to ten years in prison if convicted of the federal charges. He may also face myriad charges from local prosecutors around the country for his various other alleged crimes, but Browne said he is trying to get charges from other states consolidated into the federal case. Local prosecutors may be willing to do so if Harris-Moore can pay restitution, Browne said.

Some of that money could come from selling the rights to Harris-Moore's story, which captured international attention during his 2-year run from the law. Browne said Colton does not want to benefit from the story rights, but may be willing to sign a deal if it helps pay back his victims.

"He's very reluctant to make a dime off of this," Browne said.

Investigators have said Harris-Moore is the primary suspect in at least 80 crimes committed since 2008. They include the theft of five airplanes, three of which were wrecked in crash landings, numerous car thefts, several boats and numerous break-ins of homes and businesses.

Harris-Moore was finally captured July 10 in the Bahamas, a week after he allegedly crash-landed an airplane stolen from an Indiana airport. Bahamian authorities launched an extensive manhunt for the teenager and arrested him as he tried to flee in a boat.

Harris-Moore's mother, who recommended that her son steal only two-engine planes for his safety, was not in attendance for Thursday's court hearing.

The trial is scheduled to begin January 18.