Woman convicted in kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart transported to Utah


    Wanda Barzee listens as attorneys argue whether she is competent to stand trial for her part in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping during proceedings in Utah's 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City, Monday, June 28, 2004. (Photo: AP/Deseret Morning News, Jeremy Harmon, Pool)

    (KUTV) Wanda Barzee, the woman convicted in the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart, has been moved from a Texas federal prison back to the state of Utah.

    Sentenced to 15 years, which included time served since 2003, Barzee is now out of federal custody and was booked late Wednesday night into the Salt Lake County Jail.

    In 2003, Barzee, along with street preacher Brian David Mitchell, was convicted in the abduction and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor.

    Her 180-month sentence was cut short for good behavior, according to federal courts spokesperson Melodie Rydalch. As part of the plea deal, according to The Salt Lake Tribune, Barzee also received credit for seven of the years she had spent at the Utah State Hospital and in the Salt Lake County Jail.

    Barzee was sentenced separately in a state kidnapping case, and according to the Tribune, her stop at the Salt Lake County Jail may be a temporary one before moving into the Utah State Prison system.

    Brooke Adams, spokesperson for the Utah Department of Corrections, could not confirm whether Barzee will move into the system or when that would happen.

    Mitchell, convicted for aggravated kidnapping and illegally transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes, is serving a life sentence in an Arizona federal prison.

    Smart, the 14 years old, was abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom in June 2002 by Barzee and Mitchell. She was found and rescued nine months later.

    Now 28, she has married and become a vocal activist for child safety. She is also a contributor for ABC News.

    With contributions from KUTV's Kimball Bennion.

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