Wanda Barzee denied parole in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping

Wanda Barzee, left, where the time for her role in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, right.


DRAPER, Utah, usa) – Wanda Barzee, was sentenced for her role in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, has been denied parole.

The Utah Board of Pardons And parole announced on Monday that Barzee would be given another parole hearing in 2023. It would be prior to the termination of her imprisonment, to determine whether she has completed any mental health care.

Barzee, 72, was sentenced for conspiracy to commit kidnapping in connection with the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Barzee and her husband, Brian David Mitchell, was sentenced for breaking into the Smart family home, and then-14-year-old Elizabeth captive for nine months. She was found with the homeless preacher walking down a Sandy street. Elizabeth was one of Mitchell’s polygamous wives.

The parole board said in its decision that it would consider an earlier parole hearing if Barzee were willing to cooperate with a psychological evaluation. Her sentence is scheduled to expire in 2024, which means that they would be released at that time.

Barzee, 72, refused to attend her parole hearing last month, in place to inform the corrections officers that they do not wish to be transported. Barzee is serving a one-to-15 year sentence in the Utah State Prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. They went to prison in 2016, after serving a stint in the federal system.

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