SEATTLE -- A Seattle lawyer who has been contacted by the mother of Colton Harris-Moore says he hopes criminal charges against the Barefoot Bandit are consolidated in federal court in Seattle.
Attorney John Henry BrownesaidMonday a consolidation from various jurisdictions makes the most sense and would be better for everybody.
Brownesaid his first priority is making sureHarris-Moore is okay.
Actually, I don't think you know this - not many people do. The American Consulate has checked in on him already in the last few hours and called his mother and said he is doing well. He is healthy, very well physically and they tell his mother he's doing fine, said Browne.
Browne said he learned U.S. officials in the Bahamas checked on Harris-Moore Sunday and found him physically fine but depressed at his capture. Brown also said Harris-Moore had called an aunt, but not his mother who lives on Camano Island, about 40 miles north of Seattle.
Brown saidHarris-Moore's mother, Pam Kohler of Camano Island, contacted him about representing her son but he has not yet been retained.Browne said that a note was passed to Colton in jail with Brown's phone number on it. He is hoping the teenager will be able to call him soon.
Kohler issued a statement Monday saying she's glad he's safe and no one was hurt during his capture in the Bahamas.The statement was issued through another attorney in Seattle, O. Yale Lewis:
I am very relieved that Colt is now safe and that no one was hurt during his capture. I have not yet been able to speak to him. It has been over two and a half years since I have seen him, and I miss him terribly. I hope that it will be possible for me to see him sometime soon. However, I don't yet know when that might happen.