The Utah Board of Pardons has just announced that the woman who aided in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in 2002, will be released from prison next Tuesday. Rolling Stone said that Smart said the decision to release Wanda Barzee was disappointing.
Smart is now a 30-year-old mother of two and has been working as a child safety advocate. She can’t understand how someone who skipped her own parole hearing and has not cooperated could be released back into the community. One of the issues that has been brought up about release inmates, is the severity of their crimes. For example, some believe that the Menendez brothers should be released from prison because their sentence was too severe.
Barzee aided in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart
Barzee was sentenced to two 15-year federal and state prison terms for her participation in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in 2002, as well as the attempted kidnapping of Smart’s cousin. Barzee admitted to helping kidnap Smart from her home in Salt Lake City.
Elizabeth Smart has said she was raped every day during her nine months in captivity. Smart also said she was forced to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. Smart was eventually rescued by police in 2003 after locals recognized Mitchell and Barzee.
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