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Woman Sentenced to Prison in Elizabeth Smart Case

Friday, 21 May 2010 01:28 PM

 

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A federal judge has ordered a woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping Elizabeth Smart to spend 15 years in prison, with credit for about seven years she's already served.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball said Friday Wanda Barzee will serve the sentence at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 64-year-old Barzee pleaded guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines in Smart's abduction.

Barzee has agreed to testify in pending state and federal cases against her now-estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell.

Smart was 14 in 2002 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom.

Barzee's sentencing has been repeatedly delayed because she was twice deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Barzee was court-ordered to undergo treatment with anti-psychotic medications, and last fall doctors at the Utah State Hospital said her competency had been restored. The finding prompted plea negotiation with state and federal prosecutors.

In November, Barzee pleaded guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for Smart's abduction.

Then in February, she pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, in state court to a second-degree felony conspiracy charge for the attempted kidnapping of Smart's cousin, Olivia Wright, about six weeks after the Smart's abduction.

As part of her plea agreements, Barzee has agreed to testify in pending state and federal cases against Mitchell.

Mitchell, 56, is scheduled for a federal court trial beginning being Nov. 1. A state case has been stalled because Mitchell was also deemed incompetent for trial. A state judge declined to order forced medication in his case.

At a federal court hearing last year, Smart said she was taken from her home to a mountain campsite where she was forced into a polygamous marriage with Mitchell and endured repeated rapes and other abuse. She was held captive for nine months.

A one-time itinerant street preacher, Mitchell allegedly wanted Smart as a second wife so that he could fulfill a religious prophecy laid out in a 27-page manifesto he drafted in early 2002.

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