Elizabeth Smart outraged 1 of her kidnappers to be freed

Erika Holt
September 14, 2018

A street preacher's wife who helped abduct 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will walk out of a Utah prison next week after serving 15 years for her part in a kidnapping that focused United States national attention on the issue of crime against children.

However, in a shock move, the state's parole board announced that authorities had actually miscalculated the time she previously served in prison, leading to her release years before her prison sentence was supposed to end in January 2024. "Therefore Ms. Barzee's state sentence ends on September 19, 2018".

In 2011, Mitchell received life in prison while Barzee received 15 years in federal prison, in addition to a concurrent sentence of to one to 15 years in state prison. "I appreciate the support, love and concern that has already been expressed and will work diligently to address the issue of Barzee's release as well as to ensure changes are made moving forward to ensure this doesn't happen to anyone else in the future".

She said she would speak publicly about Barzee's release in the coming days once she has "a better understanding", Fox News reports. She was transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas.

Wanda Barzee was sentenced to up to 15 years in state prison for her role Smart's 2002 kidnapping.

Here's a look at who Wanda Barzee is as well as who Elizabeth Smart is and her infamous kidnapping case. He is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Arizona. "The fact that this woman will be free to potentially attempt to make contact with Elizabeth, or even worse, her children, is a truly terrifying thought, and it's creating a lot of anxiety for Elizabeth and the rest of her family", our source continues.

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When they reached Mitchell's remote camp, Smart testified she was "sealed" to her captor in a marriage ceremony, raped and shackled between two trees with a metal cable. She also runs a foundation dedicated to helping kidnap victims and their recovery. Smart was walking alongside Barzee and Mitchell when police stopped them.

March 18, 2003: A criminal information was filed in Utah state court alleging aggravated kidnapping.

November 17, 2009: Barzee pled guilty in federal court. She has refused to meet with a psychiatrist at the Utah prison despite pleading "guilty but mentally ill" for the attempted kidnapping, according to the newspaper.

As such, Barzee, now 72, will leave prison September 19.

On the same day, May 21, 2010, the federal court sentenced Ms. Barzee and she began serving her federal sentence. At that time, the board did not credit Barzee's sentence in the Utah system with time served in the federal system.

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