'Barefoot Bandit' wants to freeze his dying mom: 'She won't be alive when I get out'

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Barefoot Bandit' Says From Prison That He Wants to Freeze His Dying Mom

The notorious "Barefoot Bandit," Colton Harris-Moore, was a teen when he left his signature chalk footprints at his crime scenes.

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Now the 25-year-old's larger-than-life story has taken another turn.

As Harris-Moore spoke to IE by phone from prison in Washington state, he revealed that he wants to have his dying mom cryogenically frozen.

He said his mother, Pamela Kohler, has terminal lung cancer.

"We're not talking about a garage freezer here," he said. "It's a multi-week process to bring somebody down to minus 196 degrees Celsius and they can remain at that temperature indefinitely -- for thousands of years. If we are able to cryopreserve her, we will revive her."

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FILE - In a Wednesday, May 8, 2013, file photo, Colton Harris-Moore, right, who is also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," sits in a Skagit County Superior Courtroom, in Mount Vernon, Wash., next to his attorney, John Henry Browne, left. Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox has paid more than $1 million to settle the âBarefoot Banditâsâ court-ordered restitution in exchange for the rights to his story. The studio wrote a check to the U.S. Marshalâs office earlier in November 2015. The money mostly paid for three small airplanes he stole and crash landed and a boat he hijacked in the Bahamas while evading capture. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Colton Harris-Moore, center, known as the "Barefoot Bandit," is led into a Skagit County Superior Courtroom, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash., as his attorney, John Henry Browne, right, consults with Skagit County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Peterson, second from right. Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Wednesday to a burglary charge for stealing an airplane and flying it to Orcas Island, Wash., but as part of a plea deal with Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich, the 22-year-old was sentenced to three months heâs already spent in jail and he will return to serving his seven-year prison sentence for other crimes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Colton Harris-Moore, who is also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," folds his hands in a Skagit County Superior Courtroom, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Wednesday to a burglary charge for stealing an airplane and flying it to Orcas Island, Wash., but as part of a plea deal with Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich, the 22-year-old was sentenced to three months heâs already spent in jail and he will return to serving his seven-year prison sentence for other crimes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich, right, stands with Skagit County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Coakley, left, during a hearing for Colton Harris-Moore, who is also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," in a Skagit County Superior Courtroom, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Harris-Moore pleaded guilty Wednesday to a burglary charge for stealing an airplane and flying it to Orcas Island, Wash., but as part of a plea deal with Weyrich, the 22-year-old was sentenced to three months heâs already spent in jail and he will return to serving his seven-year prison sentence for other crimes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, Colton Harris-Moore, also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," glances at the courtroom gallery as he walks to the defense table, in Island County Superior Court, in Coupeville, Wash. Harris-Moore is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in a U.S. federal court for his two-year international crime spree of break-ins and boat and plane thefts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
The shackled hands of Colton Harris-Moore are shown as Harris-Moore, who is also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," stands next to his attorney in an Island County Superior Courtroom, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in Coupeville, Wash. Harris-Moore was answering to 30 state felony charges arising from a two-year, cross-country crime spree in stolen planes, boats and cars. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A Dept. of Homeland Security K-9 officer conducts a routine security patrol outside the federal courthouse in Seattle, Friday, June 17, 2011. Colton Harris-Moore, known as the "Barefoot Bandit," pleaded guilty to seven charges stemming from a multi-sate crime spree that included the thefts of several airplanes and boats. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan addresses a news conference as assistant U.S., Attorney Darwin Roberts, left, FBI special agent in-charge David Gomez and U.S. Marshal Joe Hawe look on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle. Colton Harris-Moore, the 19-year-old accused in a two-year string of thefts from Washington state to the Caribbean, did not seek bail in his first court appearance Thursday in Washington state and will remain jailed. Federal prosecutors said Harris-Moore poses "an extreme risk of flight" and should remain jailed until his trial. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A warning sign is seen in the driveway at the home of Colton Harris-Moore in Camano Island, Wash., on Monday, July 12, 2010. The 19-year-old "Barefoot Bandit," on the lam since fleeing a Renton halfway house in 2008, was arrested about 2 a.m. on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
Colton Harris-Moore, the teenage fugitive police have dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit," is escorted handcuffed by Bahamian authorities to the court building in Nassau, Tuesday July 13, 2010. Harris-Moore, who was captured following a high-speed boat chase on Sunday in Eleuthera island, pleaded guilty to a minor offense in the Bahamas and is expected to be deported soon to the U.S. to face prosecution. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
Pat Gardiner poses for a photo, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in his empty airplane hanger in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Gardiner's Cesna T182T, shown in the photo he is holding, was stolen from the hanger last week. The theft is similar to several other cases of stolen aircraft that authorities are speculating could be the work of Colton Harris-Moore, an accused serial burglar who authorities were searching for Monday near Granite Falls, Wash., near where Gardiner's plane was found damaged last week after a crash landing. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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He has started a GoFundMe page to raise $250,000 to freeze her.

"You can hear the life leaving her body. I have pretty much come to the realization that she's not gonna be alive when I get out," Harris-Moore said. "This is my only hope, the doctors have completely given up on her."

He says he wants the cryogenic preservation to take place at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, the same facility where baseball legend Ted Williams is preserved.

Businessman Jonathan Standridge has taken on the role of mentor to the "Barefoot Bandit."

He says the young man is genuine in his desire to cryopreserve his ailing mom.

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"It is a long shot," he said. "The least bit of hope, as long as it is there, he is not gonna give up."

Six years ago, Harris-Moore's one-man crime wave made him a national sensation. He broke into at least 100 homes and businesses, thumbing his nose at the law by leaving behind his calling card: chalk-outlined footprints.

Harris-Moore even flew a stolen $600,000 plane before crash-landing in a swamp in the Bahamas.

"I was responsible for many high dollar crimes," he said.

He was finally caught when cops shot out the engine of a boat he hijacked in 2010.

Harris-Moore gets out of jail later this year.

One of the prosecutors who put him behind bars says people thinking of sending him money should take into account he was convicted of theft and burglary.

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