Barefoot Bandit Colton Harris-Moore transferred to Shelton prison

SHELTON — Colton Harris-Moore, the Barefoot Bandit, was transferred on Monday to the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

He was escorted by four corrections officers and has been placed in a segregated unit for his own safety, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Selena Davis said Thursday.

“He’ll be treated like any other offender,” she said. “It’s business as usual for us.”

The 20-year-old has been jailed at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac since his July 11, 2010, arrest in the Bahamas.

Harris-Moore pleaded guilty last year to state and federal charges connected to a multistate crime spree including plane, boat and car thefts, as well as multiple burglaries.

He was sentenced in separate hearings in state and federal court to serve seven years in prison. The soonest he could be released, based on earned good time, is Christmas Eve, 2016, Davis said.

A federal judge agreed with prosecutors and defense attorneys to recommend that Harris-Moore serve his sentence in Washington’s prison system instead of federal prisons. The Bureau of Prisons had the final say and turned him over to state custody on Monday, Davis said.

Lawyers for the Camano Island man have asked that Harris-Moore be incarcerated at the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Davis couldn’t say where he’ll serve his time.

State corrections officials conduct an assessment on every offender to determine which prison will best fit their need for punishment, security and other services, Davis said.

The intake process typically take up to two months, she said.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.

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