Preparing a global plea for the Barefoot Bandit proved arduous. It was going to be a long expensive road to justice and there was no guarantee that an agreement would be made. For Colt, who had given up his right to a speedy trial, there was no assurance the wait would count as time served. The entire process had the potential to become a political, logistical, media-infested paperwork nightmare of a pro-Bono no-win situation all around.
Colton Harris-Moore sat in solitary at Seatac Federal Detention Center for 6 months, at first by procedure and then by choice. He didn't release statements or do interviews. By June 2011, Colton had transitioned well to general population and had only seven more months to wait for his day in federal and then state court.
An unusual and widely discussed aspect of the Barefoot Bandit case was a pending movie deal from Twentieth Century Fox. Fox had been trying to option Colt's life story rights for years and their proposal put him in a rare position for a 19 year-old defendant. Colt could pay the $1,409,438 in restitution he owed his victims. The Fox agreement stipulated that Colton could not profit from telling his story, ever.
This was not Colton Harris-Moore's first rodeo, plea bargain-wise. In 2007, Colton copped to 3 of 20 charges after a 7-month fugitive run on Camano Island and emerged with what many felt was a light 3 year sentence at the maximum security Green Hill School in Chehalis. Frustration with what was seen as a young career criminal playing the system grew when Colt was transferred to a zero security halfway house in Renton only a year later. Predictably, he soon absconded out a window and began his 26- month fugitive run (April 22, 2008 to July 11, 2010).