Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Gets 15 Years
Barzee has already served nearly half her sentence
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2010 4:45 PM CDT
Elizabeth Smart kidnapper, Wanda Barzee, gets into a car following a hearing in federal court, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah.   (AP Photo/Colin Braley)
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(Newser) – Wanda Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in prison today for her role in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Barzee, who pleaded guilty in November, has spent 7 years in jail or a mental hospital during a dispute over whether she was mentally fit to stand trial, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The 7 years will apply toward her sentence, and she has agreed to testify against her husband, Brian David Mitchell.

"I would just like to say again how sorry I am. I know the gravity of my crimes and how severe they are," Barzee said. "I'm just so sorry again for all the pain and suffering I caused on the Smart family." The apology stirred a response from Smart's mother: "Wanda Barzee, what you did to our family and to our girl Elizabeth was wrong. It was wrong and it was evil," Lois Smart said in the courtroom.

 

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