FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Elizabeth Smart arrives for a press conference in Salt Lake City. Smart says she is “reassured” the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14, and it was, if she was sexually assaulted will be viewed when they are released from prison. Appear in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 18, on “CBS this morning,” Smart said that she believes that Wanda Barzee remains a danger. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
DRAPER (Utah) – The Latest on the release of the woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart in Utah (all times are local):
One of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnappers has been placed on the Utah sex offender registry, after her release from prison.
The online register gives Wanda Barzee conviction on federal and state charges in the 2002 kidnapping of then 14-year-old Smart.
The registry provides the addresses of convicted Utah sex offenders, and is a condition of the Barzee’s release.
Barzee the registration shows her as the address of the Utah State Prison in Draper, outside Salt Lake City.
The prison and the probation officers not immediately respond to e-mail and phone messages seeking comment on when its address is outside of the prison would be listed on the site.
She was released Wednesday morning after 15 years in custody.
Federal agents monitoring its five-year supervised release have said, they have a place to live, but not yet released specific information.
She pleaded guilty to helping her husband, street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who took Smart from her bedroom at knifepoint.
A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart, when she was a teenager has been released from Utah jail after 15 years in custody.
Utah State prison spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said in a statement that Wanda Barzee was released Wednesday following a surprise announcement last week that the authorities had miscalculated the amount of time they should serve.
The 72-year-old was previously scheduled to be released in 2024.
Barzee was not seen by reporters leaving the prison in Salt Lake City suburb of Draper. They will be under federal supervision for five years.
Smart, now 30, is shocked Barzee is being released and said that she hopes that they will be closely watched, and the given treatment.
Smart says that during her nine month kidnapping in 2002 and 2003, Barzee would encourage her street-preacher man to rape her.
Elizabeth Smart, says the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14, and it was if she was sexually abused fell short on its court-ordered apology.
A part of Wanda Barzee’s plea deal was a requirement that she write an apology, Smart said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s “CBS this morning.”
Barzee is expected to be freed Wednesday after 15 years in custody because Utah authorities had miscalculated the amount of time that the 72-year-old woman must serve.
In the interview, Smart also emphasizes that the victims like himself should not be blamed, although it can be tempting.