Federal jury finds Smart kidnapper guilty
December 10th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Federal jury finds Smart kidnapper guilty

A federal jury has found a homeless street preacher guilty of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002 and transporting the 14-year-old girl across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity.

Jurors deliberated for about five hours before announcing the verdict in the case of Brian David Mitchell, 57, court officials said.

Smart, now 23, was the prosecution's star witness. She spent three days on the witness stand after traveling to Utah from Paris, France, where she is on a mission with the Mormon church. Afterwards, she sat with her parents in the front row of the courtroom, watching the trial.

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  1. lolwat

    >14-year-old Elizabeth Smart and keeping her for nine months as his "celestial wife."
    >nine months
    >Smart, now 23
    >nine months

    hey wait a sec...

    December 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinker

      it happened several years ago? retard

      December 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MICHAEL LOYED

    We prayed everyday that God would have his hands on this case.my God still works in misterious ways. Now it is good the Smart family has some closer. May God Bless This Family This Christmas.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Break out the lube

    Hey, Brian – now *you* get to experience what it's like. Think about it – Bubba's DNA in your bu tt on a daily basis. Merry Christmas, dude!

    December 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Protoman

      He can be someone's Celestial Beeyotch for a carton of Kools. Too bad prisons segregate people now. I'd like to see them hold all the worst of the worst in one giant open area. Let them fight for food and toilet paper.

      December 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hello

    I don't get it. Why do defense attorneys think mental deficiencies excuse a person from heinous acts. If they think mental deficiencies limits a person sense of responsibility and perception of what is right or wrong, then shouldn't they agree that persons with such handicap be locked away from society all together?

    December 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • thinker

      Exactly! thank you!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mental def

      You think defense lawyers make the law?

      December 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Protoman

      Lawyers have lobbies too. They also go to each other's fundraisers. Many in congress have law degrees as does our president. They ensure their job security by controlling the legislation. Why do you think they have a revolving door system versus true rehabilitation? Israel educates their convicts and most never return to crime including terrorists.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pat rust

    I'm so happy that he was found guilty! Perhaps now Elizabeth can live in some peace & not be afraid. What a wonderful Christmas gift for her & her family! And Brian Mitchell gets his...IN PRISON!

    December 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    I still say Elizabeth's dad acted very irresponsibly if not pure neglegence when he hired a transient to do home maintainance instead of using a licensed business. Who in their right mind allows a hobo anywhere near his dear family. And it's not like Mr. Smart (i gotta laugh at his name...appropriate i say)is like a "poor" American who will hire illegal aliens rather than hiring his next-door neighbor. I say "his" because I wager more men hire illegal alien's than women do. has there been any study on this?

    December 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    No, I'm not hobophobic.

    December 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ZeusQuiGonJin

    Release the Kraken! Anakin get down!

    December 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Protoman

    I wonder if there are specific hells for people? What if someone really likes pain and misery? Should they go to a wonderful happy place where there is no pain and misery?

    @Phil. Lol

    December 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stick dog

    I still don't see how she didn't try to escape. There had to be chances – had to be. Specially when they were drinking – break the bottle ram it into his throat. Leave notes when you go in public – make eyes at people – or just break away and run in public.- l just don't get it – just like that girl in California heled for 18 yrs – she to had many chances – teach your kids to think be defiant fight back be clever – l remember this lil girl in Philly about 5 yrs ago who was kidnapped like this girl – this was in the hood – in Philly they duct taped her mouth and hands told her they'd kill her parents if she tries anything they left for awhile she chewed thru that tape freed her hands broke out the window and escaped incredibly they barely mentioned this on the national news – now that lil girl was a trooper she fought back. I was impressed that's what you do fight back.

    December 11, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • rhfaber

      Like the 11 y.o girl home alone, 2 illegal immigrants break in. She's skeet champion, Kills the 1st as he attempts to attack her, 2nd gets it in the shoulder and dies in the street waiting for ambulance. They have gun from earlier breakin where homeowner was killed. Why didn't we hear it on CNN?

      December 14, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. jmack

    Happy Day... Happy Day!

    December 11, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Veritas

    Glad he's convicted what a pos. He's evil and knows full well what he did was wrong. hope his roomate is bubba.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    I think the fact that Elizabeth comes from such a strong family in religion and morales, in the long run, she will overcome this sick crime that was committed against her.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |