For those wanting to attend, the hearing is set for Friday, December 16 at 9 am at the Island County Courthouse: 101 NE 6th St, Coupeville, Washington (in the Puget Sound area.)
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From Herald.net. Dec 14:
Colton Harris-Moore’s defense will ask judge to take his rocky childhood into account
COUPEVILLE — Criminal psychologists say Colton Harris-Moore’s infamous crime spree was fueled by childhood depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Harris-Moore, 20, was abused as a child, grew up in a chaotic home and likely suffered from prenatal exposure to alcohol, according to more than 100 pages of reports prepared by the Camano Island man’s criminal defense team.
The findings will be used Friday when Harris-Moore is scheduled to appear in Island County Superior Court to answer more than 30 state felony charges stemming from the two years he spent on the lam in Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties.
The experts concluded that Harris-Moore is a candidate for rehabilitation and likely will not continue his crimes after prison.
Harris-Moore has hopes of raising a family and designing airplanes, though convictions for plane theft likely foreclose his ability to legally pilot planes.
“Colt wants to build a life he can feel good about and he’s willing to work for it,” according to Pamela L. Rogers, a mitigation expert who prepared a 40-page report.
John Henry Browne, Harris-Moore’s defense attorney, said he asked Judge Vickie I. Churchill to seal the psychiatric evaluation and mitigation report because they reveal intimate and detailed accounts of his client’s childhood. Churchill refused to block the documents’ release, so Browne’s office made them available ahead of Friday’s hearing.
Harris-Moore, who is known internationally as the Barefoot Bandit, is expected to enter guilty pleas Friday, his attorneys said. He earned the moniker due to his inexplicable choice to often run barefoot from his crimes.
Churchill, who sentenced Harris-Moore for juvenile crimes nearly a decade ago, is expected to sentence Harris-Moore to a decade or more behind bars Friday, officials have said.
Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said he’ll seek 10 years, the maximum sentence, and ask that Harris-Moore not begin serving the state sentence until he turns 21 in March. He already is under a juvenile court sentence that was in effect when he escaped custody in April 2008.
Harris-Moore has been in custody since July 2010. If he gets the sentence Banks is seeking, the serial burglar likely will spend about a dozen years locked up.
Browne will ask the judge to take into account Harris-Moore’s harsh upbringing and undiagnosed learning disabilities. He’ll ask for a more lenient, six-year sentence, he said.
Harris-Moore has already pleaded guilty to seven federal charges connected to his multi-state crime spree. U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones is scheduled to sentence Harris-Moore in January. Jones will determine whether Harris-Moore will be allowed to serve his federal and state sentences concurrently, which is anticipated.
In June 2010, Harris-Moore fled the Pacific Northwest, where he was being hunted by law enforcement, and made his way to Bloomington, Ind., leaving a trail of break-ins, car thefts and attempted plane thefts in nine states.
On July 4, 2010, he stole a high-end Cessna and piloted the plane 2,000 miles before crashing in a mangrove swamp in the Bahamas. He was arrested on July 11 and returned to Seattle. He’s been held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
That’s where he underwent extensive psychological testing under the direction of Dr. Richard S. Adler, a nationally known expert in forensic and clinical psychiatry. Browne sought Adler’s expert opinion.
Both the psychiatric evaluation and the mitigation report detail Harris-Moore’s chaotic upbringing. The reports say he was suicidal and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after crashing his first stolen airplane in November 2008.
There’s little mention of how Harris-Moore passed his time while hiding from the police.
Pam Kohler, Harris-Moore’s mother, is portrayed in the report as a negligent parent who often was drunk, including during pregnancy with her now-notorious son.
Doctors interviewed Ed Coaker, Kohler’s older brother, who recalled drinking with Kohler during her pregnancy. Coaker ended his relationship with Kohler, saying she “had no morals whatsoever” and was a “disgusting person for a mother,” the reports say.
A state Child Protective Services social worker described Harris-Moore’s childhood home as putrid, filled with dirty clothes, papers and food covered in mold and mildew. Except for a dozen eggs, the food in the refrigerator was spoiled and a bag of frozen french fries were covered with mold.
Harris-Moore told an investigator that he was 13 when he first broke into a neighbor’s home for food, the reports say.
“I was truly desperate, and just that hungry,” he said, according to the report. “That is when I found out I could get food from other people’s houses.”
He was ashamed of his poverty and his mother’s drinking, the report said.
It’s no wonder he failed at school and fled his home, Rogers wrote.
Harris-Moore’s difficult childhood will not be the only testimony Churchill hears on Friday. Prosecutors have invited Harris-Moore’s many victims to testify.
Island County has been preparing for the high-profile hearing for months. Officials distributed special instructions to the media, and an overflow room will be available to people who cannot find a seat in what is expected to be a packed courtroom.
Victims, prosecutors, the defense team and some media will have reserved seats.
Browne said he does not plan to save a seat for Kohler.
“Colton does not want her to come,” he said.
From Seattle PI. Dec 14:
It’s bound to be a media frenzy in Coupeville this Friday, Dec. 16. That’s the court date for Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, who is scheduled to appear in the Island County Courthouse at 9 AM. Coupeville’s Town Marshal David Penro sent this following letter to the merchants of Main and Front Streets on Dec 6, 2011:
“You may have heard, the court date for Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called
Barefoot Bandit is scheduled for Friday, December 16 at 9 am. at the Island County Courthouse. We know that there will be significant numbers of media present … reporters and camera crews. And we expect a very large turnout of people trying to attend the hearing, or catch a glimpse of Harris-Moore. The turnout could be in the hundreds or more. We want to be prepared for whatever occurs, and are sharing with you our initial plans. The hearing will begin at 9 am. and is likely to last into the afternoon. We expect the worst traffic congestion to occur early Friday morning, and then when court is adjourned in the afternoon.
Our intention is to keep cars moving in Town, and to keep access open to our businesses. We anticipate parking challenges and will address them in this way:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Street will be closed from Main Street to Haller fro 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Haller and Center will be closed during the entire hearing from 4th to 8th Street. We will ensure access to Whidbey Island Bank and the WICD and will make contact with residents in this area to help them with access to their homes.
Parking for those who are involved with the court activity or employees of the County will be provided inside the closed area. We will also park media trucks inside this area.
Parking for spectators will be at the field behind the library. There will be signs directing visitors to this area.
We will make contact with individual businesses on North Main Street to confirm arrangements, but generally intend to place barricades across driveways accessed fro Main, to ensure the court visitors do not take business parking spots. This will be done at the close of business on Thursday or very early Friday morning. You or we can remove the barriers when you arrive to open your business. (We expect media and spectators to arrive very early Friday morning, possibly even Thursday evening.)
Police will be available at the end of the trial to help direct traffic leaving town.
The courtroom holds 70 people, including all of the persons involved in the hearing: attorneys, court staff, witnesses, victims, etc. Although there will be members of the public hoping to attend, the ability to be in the court room will be ery limited. Island County is arranging for a live feed from the courtroom, and the proceedings will be available live on the county website.
There are expected to be two breaks during the hearing, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. There will also likely be a lunch break at approximately noon, lasting 60-90 minutes. If you have any concerns unique to your business, please contact me at 678-4461, ext. 1. If you need assistance on the day of the event, please call ICOM on the non-emergency number, 679-9567, and they will contact an officer to respond.”
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