Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Wanda Barzee be released from prison

Wanda Barzee, who was convicted for her role in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, is set to be released.

(Utah Department of Corrections)

Wanda Barzee, the woman convicted for her role in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, is released from a Utah prison on Sept. 19.

Barzee, 72, will be released after it was determined that the parole board does not give the woman credit for time served in federal prison, the Utah Board of Pardons and parole announced Tuesday.


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It is a surprise reversal by the board of directors, who refused Barzee an early release date in July. At the time that the parole board declined to under her eight years in federal prison as time served on state charges.

“Upon further investigation and advice of the legal adviser of the board of directors must count the time spent in federal custody in the direction of Mrs. Barzee is the sentence,” Greg Johnson, of the Utah Board of Pardons and parole, said in a letter, according to Fox 13.

Barzee had admitted to helping her husband Brian Mitchell of kidnapping Smart from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in June 2002. The couple kept the then 14-year-old Smart for nine months.

The couple was arrested in 2003 and Barzee pleaded guilty in federal court in November 2009. Three months later she pleaded guilty to the state charges for an attempted kidnapping in connection with a plot to kidnap Smart’s cousin in July 2003 – about a month after Barzee and Mitchell nabbed Smart.

In May 2010, Barzee was sentences of one to 15 years in the Utah State prison for aggravated kidnapping as a second-degree felony.

Barzee back to Utah in 2016, after the completion of her federal sentence in Texas and began her Utah prison.

In June, the parole board calculated her sentence would remain until January 2024, but that did not take into account time served in federal prison.

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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