Elizabeth Smart to Abductor: 'I Have a Wonderful Life'

She confronts kidnapper before he is sentenced to life
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2011 7:06 PM CDT
Elizabeth Smart Confront Abductor Brian David Mitchell: 'I Have a Wonderful Life Now'
Elizabeth Smart talks to the media outside the courthouse in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

(Newser) – Brian David Mitchell got a life sentence today for kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, but she got the last word in court. Confronting him for the first time, she kept it short and sweet:

  • "I don't have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did. I know that you know what you did was wrong. You did it with a full knowledge. I also want you to know that I have a wonderful life now. You took away nine months of my life that can never be returned. But in this life or next, you will have to be held responsible for those actions, and I hope you are ready for when that time comes."
Mitchell did not appear to look at her during her statement, notes ABC News. He just kept rocking in his chair and singing to himself. Click for more details. (Read more Elizabeth Smart kidnapping stories.)

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