Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Wanda Barzee released from prison today

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2018

Elizabeth Smart said she's been assured the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be closely watched when she's released from prison.

Smart said she doesn't know all the conditions of Barzee's release but that she's been told a federal agent will keep a "close eye" on Barzee and that she would be returned to prison "as soon as she messes up".

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

The feds will also be in contact with Elizabeth to make sure Wanda hasn't tried to contact her by phone or on the Internet.

In the same conversation, Smart said Mitchell and Barzee forced her to drink alcohol.

Barzee was convicted on state and federal charges after she and her husband Brian David Mitchell were arrested for snatching Smart from her home in Salt Lake City in 2002. Mitchell is serving a life sentence.

Barzee will be on supervised release for five years, said Eric Anderson, deputy chief US Probation Officer for Utah.

When asked if she had been relieved - right after she was kidnapped, still in her pajamas - to arrive at the camp Mitchell had made in the foothills and find that there was a woman there, Smart said no.

Federal agents have said Barzee won't be homeless but declined to say whether she will live in a private home or a facility.

She was denied parole earlier this year for the second time because she would not let a prison psychologist examine her, according to CBS News.

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole initially set a 2024 release date after Barzee decided against attending her own parole hearing in June. "Yeah, I am very concerned - for the community, for the public, as much as I am for myself".

Smart has said she was treated like an animal - shackled, abused and, yet, forced into a "wedding ceremony" with Mitchell, who fancied himself some sort of prophet.

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Elizabeth was just 14 when she was taken. She did not disclose where Barzee was going.

"It also 'revealed" his other highly disturbing and unsafe ideas'.

Smart, now 30, had urged officials to reconsider releasing the woman who assisted in her kidnapping and rape, saying she's still a threat to the community.

'If change were truly possible in her case then perhaps parole/release could be justified.

She is expecting her third baby in November.

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.

Mitchell raped Smart nearly daily during nine months of captivity, which included a journey to California and back to Utah.

She was eventually rescued when a stranger saw the three of them in the street and recognized the pair from an episode of America's Most Wanted.

Barzee pleaded guilty in 2010 to kidnapping and unlawful transport of a minor for the purposes of sexual activity. On Sept. 11, the parole board said she had completed both sentences.

Mitchell was given back to back life sentences.

Smart has said that she's now at peace, and she doesn't regret what's happened.

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