(KUTV) — The sister of Wanda Barzee, who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart 16 years ago, says she will not be welcome at her home or any immediate families home when she is released from prison on September 19.
The surprise announcement of a new release date came from the state Board of Pardons and Parole, which said it didn’t calculate the federal time served when determining Barzee's sentence. That’s why, all along, they’ve said Barzee would not be released until 2024.
Greg Johnson, the director of administrative services with the Board of Pardons, said in a statement:
This is not an early release. On September 19, Ms. Barzee will have spent 15 years in custody, which is the maximum amount of time allowed by her state conviction and sentence. The Board of Pardons and Parole had previously operated under the understanding, that the six years Ms. Barzee spent in federal prison did not count toward her state sentence. However, a recent legal review of the state sentence, statutes, and case law has made clear that the federal time does count toward her state sentence.
In an exclusive interview with 2News, Barzee’s sister, who did not want to give her name, said Barzee is not fit to leave prison.
“She’s mentally ill. Terribly mentally ill, and she’s very manipulative,” she said.
When asked if she would welcome her sister into her home, Barzee's sister said, “No, she’s not. Sorry, she’s not.”
The sister said she’s very worried about Barzee being out on the streets — that she will harm someone, or someone will harm her.
“I am. I’m worried that something is going to happen to her," she said.