Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Expected To Receive 15-Year Sentence Friday

May 21 2010, Published 10:35 a.m. ET

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One of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers, Wanda Eileen Barzee, is expected to receive a concurrent 15-year sentence Friday in both in Utah state and federal courts when she is sentenced Friday, is reporting.

As part of a plea agreement, Barzee pleaded guilty last autumn to federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor in connection with Smart's highly-publicized kidnapping nearly 8 years ago.

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Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper Apologizes at Trial

Barzee said her and husband, street preacher Brian David Mitchell, abducted the then-14-year-old Smart in June 2002 from her Salt Lake City home at knife point; a second attempt to kidnap Smart's 15-year-old cousin a month later was botched, Barzee told authorities.

Smart's terror ended nine months after her kidnapping, when she was spotted in Sandy, Utah with the couple.

Elizabeth Smart

Smart testified last October that Mitchell raped her everyday of the nine months she was held captive.

As part of Barzee's plea agreement, she will testify against Mitchell when his trial begins November 1 in U.S. District Court.

"I'm greatly humbled as I realize how much Elizabeth Smart has been victimized and the role I played in it," a contrite Barzee said following her November 2009 guilty plea, according to court transcripts. "I'm so sorry, Elizabeth, for all the pain and suffering I have caused you and your family. It is my hope that you will be able to find it in your heart to forgive me one day."

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The federal sentencing commences at 10:30 a.m. MDT, and the state sentencing is set for 1:00 p.m. MDT.



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