He said Harris-Moore neither needed nor wanted the protection of solitary confinement and that it was absurd his client, never convicted of a violent crime, was being kept in conditions akin to those of the worst murderers.
On Monday, Harris-Moore was transferred across the state to Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen. He was placed Wednesday in a medium-security unit with about 250 other offenders.
Browne credited an Associated Press story about Harris-Moore’s detention with speeding up the department’s decision to move him.
“I’m very happy to tell you Colton is at Stafford Creek,” Browne said. “We spoke with his counselor. He’s already set up in a GED program.”
Harris-Moore was sentenced in December to seven years in state prison for dozens of crimes, including burglary and identity theft, stemming from his sensational two-year run from the law.
A self-taught pilot, he was apprehended in a hail of bullets in the Bahamas in 2010, after he crash-landed a plane stolen from an Indiana airport.
Harris-Moore sold the movie rights to his story in hopes of raising enough money to pay $1.3 million in restitution to his victims. Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black — who wrote the screenplays for “Milk” and the recent “J. Edgar” — has met with Harris-Moore several times and has turned in a draft of the script.
Browne is also representing Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers in March.