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Gun charges for 'Bandit' suspect

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The alleged "Barefoot Bandit" will be charged with illegal weapons possession and other crimes in the Bahamas following his weeklong run from authorities in the island chain, the Bahamian police commissioner said Monday.

Possession of an unlicensed handgun is the most serious of charges that are expected to be presented today when Colton Harris-Moore makes his first appearance before a judge, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said.

He said Harris-Moore did not fire at officers during his capture Sunday just off the island of Eleuthera. The commissioner said the suspect spoke with police and understood his predicament but declined to say whether there was any kind of confession.

"He's very eloquent, obviously an intelligent young man," Greenslade said at a news conference.

Greenslade said earlier that charges filed in the Bahamas will take priority over those in the United States.

John Henry Browne, a lawyer asked by Harris-Moore's mother to represent her son, said the theft and burglary charges in the Bahamas are relatively minor but that alleged possession of a gun could complicate the case. He told CBS' "Early Show" that the 19-year-old fugitive should waive any challenge to extradition.

If the charges are consolidated in federal court, Harris-Moore is looking at potentially four to 12 years in prison, he said.