Woman Sentenced in Elizabeth Smart Case - NBC 7 San Diego

Woman Sentenced in Elizabeth Smart Case



    Woman Sentenced in Elizabeth Smart Case
    Getty Images
    "She was graceful, remarkable and strong, and gave powerful testimony," U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman said about Elizabeth Smart.

    The woman who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart, holding her in Lakeside for several months during the young girl's ordeal, has been sentenced to prison twice in one day.

    Wanda Barzee was sentenced in federal court to 15 years in prison in the kidnapping of Smart, with credit for seven years already served. Then, hours later, Barzee was sentenced in state court to one to 15 years in prison in the attempted kidnapping of Smart's cousin about six weeks after Smart's 2002 abduction.

    Smart was 14 in 2002 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom.

    Several people reported seeing Smart and her abductors dressed in robes in Lakeside. Some believed they lived in a trailer. The man arrested for kidnapping Smart, Brian David Mitchell, was arrested for breaking into a Lakeside church. Mitchell gave deputies a fake name, Michael Jenson, and pleaded guilty to vandalism. He paid a fine and got probation.

    "At the time we arrested him, at the time we released him, he was not identified as a suspect in the Elizabeth Smart case and we had no reason to believe that Elizabeth Smart was in the San Diego area," said a sheriff's spokesperson in 2002.

    Deputies said they ran Mitchell's fingerprints and found he had no outstanding warrants.

    Two weeks later, Mitchell was named as a suspect in Smart's disappearance.

    State court Judge Judith Atherton ordered that Barzee's sentence be served concurrently with her federal sentence.

    The 64-year-old Barzee pleaded guilty but mentally ill in state court in the attempted kidnapping of the cousin.