Woman who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart released from prison

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Elizabeth Smart: Accomplice in My Kidnapping Will Be Watched

Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper, Wanda Barzee - who's set to be released from prison Wednesday after 15 years behind bars - better stay away from her former captive. or she'll be right back in prison.

"On September 19, Ms. Barzee will have spent 15 years in custody, which is the maximum amount of time allowed by her state conviction and sentence", Greg Johnson of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole wrote.

Smart said at a news conference last week that Barzee saw her as a slave during the nine months she was held by the couple and encouraged Mitchell to rape her.

Barzee was convicted and sentenced for helping to kidnap Smart, who was 14 at the time, from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002, drawing worldwide headlines. "I know the depths of her depravity". "I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in our community, which is why our community should be anxious". "And, I mean, she just was the kind of woman that - she was just evil and twisted", Elizabeth said, before remembering how during her capture, Briand David and Wanda forced a 14-year-old Elizabeth to drink enough alcohol to make her pass out.

She added: "That first morning when he brought me into the camp and told me I was now his wife and kept telling me it was time to consummate our marriage, I just - at first, I didn't know what he meant".

She said in a statement last week she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Barzee will be freed after failing to undergo mental health evaluations and failing to attend her own parole hearing in June. "So, do I believe that she is unsafe?" Her estranged husband remains in prison serving a life sentence for Smart's abduction.

FILE - This April 8, 2016, file photo, provided by Utah State Prison shows Wanda Barzee. However, she was supposed to serve both the federal and state sentences simultaneously.

"My hope is that she won't be a problem", he said.

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Barzee was initially scheduled to be in prison until January 2024, but after prison officials determined they had miscalculated the length of her sentence, her release date was moved up. "She's mentally ill, terribly mentally ill, and she's very manipulative".

She'll have a federal agent assigned to her, and have to keep that agent informed of where she is living and working, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. "She won't be homeless".

"She's got nowhere to go", she said.

Additionally, Barzee will have to register as a sex offender. Mace said she's unaware of any family members that would take in Barzee.

They were unsuccessful. Mitchell, who believed in polygamy, might have been attempting to build a collection of wives, authorities said.

Barzee and Mitchell were both arrested.

According to conditions of release that Barzee agreed to in 2010, she must report to a probation officer each month and she can not leave the Salt Lake City area without permission. Sure enough, it was Barzee, Mitchell and Smart.

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