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Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Released From Prison After 15 Years

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Prison Release
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Sep. 19 2018, Published 3:41 p.m. ET

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Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper Wanda Barzee was officially released from a state prison this morning at 8 am in Utah, can confirm.

The 72-year-old had been in custody for the last 15 years after aiding Brian David Mitchell in the rape, torture and 9-month captivity of Smart who was just 14 years old at the time.

According to Fox 13 Barzee will be under federal supervision for five years, and must abide by rules of the Utah sex offender registry.

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As exclusively reported, a Utah Department of Corrections spokesperson said they would not give the felon any special treatment upon her release.

Smart, now a 30-year-old mother of two, has expressed her outrage over Barzee's freedom.

"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. "Our community should be worried. I would appeal to her family that they try to take steps to have her civilly committed."

Elizabeth Smart exclusively revealed earlier this year Barzee had no regret over her cruel decision to kidnap Smart back in 2002.

"She said she was compelled to do so by God!" a pen pal told of a 2017 letter. "She also said she would do it again!"

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