A woman who helped her husband kidnap teen Elizabeth Smart from her Utah bedroom will be released from prison next week, a decision Smart called "incomprehensible".
Scott C. Williams, who was Barzee's trial attorney, said in June after Barzee's parole hearing that he was concerned that the plea deal they had agreed to wasn't being followed. Her sentence was due to expire one year later, in 2024.
In a July decision, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole denied the 72-year-old early release.
The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole announced Tuesday that the 72-year-old Barzee would be released on September 19 because the board failed to give her credit for time served in federal prison.
But in a decision released Tuesday, the board reversed their ruling and ordered instead Barzee be released September 19. I plan to speak publicly in the coming days once I have a better understanding.
Smart, now 30, didn't immediately have comment.
Smart said in a statement Tuesday she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Wanda Barzee will be freed after failing to undergo mental health evaluations and failing to attend her own parole hearing in June. I am trying to understand why this is happening and exploring possible options'.
Smart added that she may address the media later this week.
Here's a look at who Wanda Barzee is as well as who Elizabeth Smart is and her infamous kidnapping case.
She will be under federal supervision for five years.
The next year, she was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.
Ms Smart said in an Instagram post after the hearing that she is not a vindictive person but was anxious about Barzee's release after learning she was still carrying a manuscript containing revelations that accomplice Brian David Mitchell said he received from God telling him to kidnap Ms Smart. Fox News reports Mitchell is serving two life sentences. Smart's father expressed surprise. She was walking down the street with Mitchell.
She was born on November 3, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She and her husband met while each served a France-Paris mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also runs a foundation dedicated to helping kidnap victims and their recovery.
Barzee has been in custody for a total of 15 years from the time she was arrested in March 2003.
On the same day, May 21, 2010, the federal court sentenced Ms. Barzee and she began serving her federal sentence. She was convicted of both state and federal crimes. The Board counted credit for time served in jail and the state hospital pre-conviction but did not count the time she spent in federal prison as credit to her Utah sentence.