Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Elizabeth Smart Says Her Captor's Court-Ordered Apology Fell Short

Elizabeth Smart Says Her Captor's Court-Ordered Apology Fell Short

One of two people who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 was released from prison on Wednesday. Mitchell is serving a life sentence.

Barzee was released at 8 a.m. MDT (1400 GMT), according to news media reports.

In the interview, Smart described Barzee, who she said would encourage Mitchell to rape Smart, as "evil and twisted".

"It was just a very brief, "I'm sorry for what I've done, the end" kind of thing", Smart said.

"So, do I believe she is risky?" Yes, but not just to me. "I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in our community". Why wasn't Smart notified sooner? She was transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas. On Sept. 11, the parole board said she had completed both sentences.

When calculating a release date in state prison, the parole board counted credit for time served in jail and the state hospital before she was convicted, but did not include the time spent in federal prison. "The Board of Pardons and Parole does not have legal authority to hold Ms. Barzee beyond September 19, 2018".

Wanda Barzee, 72, quietly left the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, avoiding a throng of reporters gathered outside, spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ. once Barzee's out of prison, she'll be placed on supervised release by the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System.

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Smart, now 30, said last week that she was shocked and disappointed and hopes Barzee will be closely watched and given treatment. So, I mean, she - there were no secrets. Yes, but not just to me.

Smart recalled the moment she was captured and Barzee's demeanor.

"And I remember - remember when they used to force me to - to drink alcohol", she said to CBS. "And, I was raped every day after that, multiple times a day". I was a 14-year-old girl. "Then just at the end of it say, 'I'm sorry, ' and really mean it". And they both laughed. "She laughed. She laughed just as much as he did, if not more". He declined to say whether she will be in a private home or a facility but that she "will not be homeless".

When Smart was asked during a news conference last week if she had any sort of message for Barzee, she said no.

Barzee will be under federal supervision for five years. Smart made that decision a long time ago, she said.

She said the manuscript also contains other 'disturbing and unsafe ideas, ' though it is not clear how she knows she had it.

Additionally, Barzee will have to register as a sex offender. Barzee also must have no direct or indirect contact with Smart and must comply with standard probation terms, such as reporting to her assigned agent and informing the agent of where she is living and working.

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