NASSAU, Bahamas — The American teenager whom police call the "Barefoot Bandit" pleaded guilty Tuesday to a minor offense in the Bahamas and was quickly deported to face prosecution for a string of break-ins and plane thefts across the United States.
Colton Harris-Moore was flown back to the U.S. on Tuesday hours after pleading guilty to illegally entering the country at his first court appearance in the Bahamas, according to Leon Bethel, chief of the central detective unit in Nassau.
Harris-Moore was arrested Sunday in the Bahamas, where police ended the 19-year-old's alleged two-year crime spree by capturing him following a high-speed boat chase.
The charge stemming from his alleged crash of a stolen plane on Great Abaco Island carries a $300 fine or three months in jail, followed by deportation. His lawyer, Monique Gomez, said the U.S. Embassy would pay the fine.
"Colton wants to go home," Gomez said.
The shackled teen smiled after the judge read the sentence. Bahamian police had earlier said that he would face other charges including illegal weapons possession related to a string of break-ins and thefts during his week-long hideout in the country.
Harris-Moore wore white sneakers without laces and kept his head down as armed officers escorted him to the courthouse. A police SWAT team stood by as authorities put up street barricades ahead of the hearing.
Authorities say he earned the "Barefoot Bandit" nickname by committing some crimes while shoeless, and in February he allegedly drew chalk-outline feet all over the floor of a grocery store during a burglary in Washington's San Juan Islands.
Harris-Moore is suspected in about 70 property crimes across eight states and British Columbia, many of them in the islands of Washington state. He is accused of stealing a plane from an Indiana airport to fly to the Bahamas.