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No Special Treatment For Elizabeth Smart’s Crazed Kidnapper At Prison Release

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Prison Release No Special Treatment
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Sep. 18 2018, Published 8:49 p.m. ET

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Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper will not be getting special treatment when she is released from prison on Wednesday exclusively learned.

Wanda Barzee, 72, was scheduled to complete her prison sentence on September 19, 2018 and be released from the Timpanogos Women’s Facility.

Kaitlin Felsted, the Utah Department of Corrections Public Information Officer, told that the prison had not received any special requests from Barzee’s attorney for handling her exit from the correctional facility.

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Smart was shocked when she found out Barzee would be released, recalling how she helped Brian David Mitchell assault her during the nine months she was held captive.

She would encourage him to rape me,” she told Gayle King on CBS This Morning.

“She would sit right next to me. Like, the side of her body would be touching me.”

Despite the increased interest in Smart’s kidnapper Barzee, Felsted told that the prison was not carrying an extra financial burden for her release.

“We are still releasing at the same level that it always is,” Felsted said.

Smart said that she was very fearful about Barzee’s release. “She did appalling things while I was in captivity,” Smart said during her press conference where she acknowledged that Barzee had completed her sentence, but warned against the safety of the community upon her release.

Felsted told that the prison was not revealing the time of Barzee’s release, but confirmed it would be after midnight on September 19.

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“Wanda Barzee saw me as her slave. She saw me as her handmaiden. She was manipulated by Mitchell but she in her own right abused me just as much as he did,” Smart said about her kidnapper and said she was “dangerous, yes. But not just to me. Our community should be worried. I would appeal to her family that they try to take steps to have her civilly committed.”

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