May 21st, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Elizabeth Smart captor sentenced to 15 years

Wanda Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.

Wanda Eileen Barzee, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart in 2002, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, with credit for several years that she has served, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Utah said.

Barzee, 64, faced a sentence ranging from one to 15 years after agreeing to cooperate in the prosecution of her husband, Brian David Mitchell. He is awaiting trial.

Barzee pleaded guilty to federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor in Smart's kidnapping. It is the federal case that exposes her to the most prison time.

Barzee and Mitchell were accused of abducting Smart, then 14, at knifepoint from her bedroom in her family's Salt Lake City, Utah, home in June 2002. Smart was found nine months later, walking down a street in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy in the company of Barzee and Mitchell, a drifter and self-described prophet who calls himself Emmanuel and had done some handyman work at the Smarts' home.

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  1. Gman

    7 years to get a guilty plea from such an obviously guilty couple. Who is profiting from this time lag? I'm an American living in Singapore for several years. Speedy justice here! Good stuff.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. davonskevort

    what kind of garbage posting is this... why has it taken so long get this garbage in the trash can? i say poke those big buggy eyes out and call it a day.

    May 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gotnotimetobleed

    The WHOLE Elizabeth Smart thing was a sham. Poor little rich girl. WAY TOO MANY inconsistancies in her story. Yes, the man who had her was very bad and shouldn't be out on the street, HOWEVER, the story stinks and she comes out the "survivor". I think it was more like the Patty Hurst deal. Too many facts swept under the rug. Stinks like yesterday's leftovers!! But hey....that's the American way.... surprised she doesn't have her own reality TV show. What's next??

    May 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      How can you say something like that about an innocent 14 YO girl??? You are sick....You make it sound like its a bad thing she is a survivor? How would you feel if it was your child that was abducted and was treated and abused by these garbage can freaks?? Apparently you dont have children and if you do you certainly do not care about them. YOU IDIOT

      November 10, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      gotnotimetobleed – You really are an idiot...You must be one ugly freak that does nothing but sits behind your computer and make senseless comments. And your Mother probably has good reason to hate you too...
      Sage – I agree with you...this pervert deserves life right along with Mitchell...who knows they are probably best friends!! worthless freaks!!!

      November 10, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Sharp

      You have the morals of a stray dog & the heart of a Taliban murderer. Go somewhere else to troll.

      November 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Page

      what's next is the black helicopters coming for you. Can't you hear them? (whup whup whup whup whup)

      November 16, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Barb

    gonotimetobleed....Pretty sick comment. Always has to be one out there who blames the victim. E. Smart has carried herself w/dignity, as has her family. Sounds like you're jealous of those who have more money than you do. Either that or you beat your spouse and/or kids. Get some counseling!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sage

    This is bull ,,,,,,,,,,,,this pervert deserves life,,,,,,,just like the old man.

    May 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TW

    She should get life in prision or the death penalty for this. I don't understand why they need her testimony. She is at guilty as he is.

    May 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Itty Bitty

    How could it possibly take 7 years and two months to prosecute someone that plea guilty?

    May 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Page

      A really good crazy act and a gullible court system.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sharp

    About seven years to do before possibility of parole. At age sixty four that makes seventy one. IF she gets out then she will wish it was life without. She's getting hers.

    November 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew Page

    Not enough even though she was just Mitchell's lackey, dog, enabler(list goes on). Still, if her testimony puts him into the darkest hole we have for life, there will be some value in it.

    November 16, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. mom

    15 years is very less..for what they did to Elizabeth... they must be given death sentence so that no one in future will go through this..

    November 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. oh please

    Im confused
    Why wasnt she impregnated? She was with him for 9 months
    His confessed goal via "god" was to find 7 brides to have 7 daughters or some silly crap, so.....after 9 months of digging around in her, why isnt she pregnant?

    November 18, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      I wondered that myself.

      November 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ron grimes

    OJ's farce didn' take this long at trial did it. The first trial I'm talking about. The American court system is a disgrace.

    November 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jackson

    Whatever sentence she serves, she's toast in the womens prison. Most female inmates are mothers, and like the male inmate population will shank a rapist, so what she did to this girl will come back many-fold, this women is in for pure hell once she's in the general population. But, it's a hell that she very well deserves. As for gotnotimetobleed....if it was up to me, I'd make you her cell-mate. What a low-life moron you are.

    November 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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