Elizabeth Smart outraged 1 of her kidnappers to be freed

Wanda Barzee, convicted for role in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, to be released from prison September 19

Wanda Barzee, a woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and hold her captive will be released from prison next week. I plan to speak publicly in the coming days once I have a better understanding.

Barzee's attorney sought to have the time spent in federal prison count toward her Utah sentence, a request the parole board originally declined in June.

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole said on July 2 that Barzee would be granted a rehearing in January 2023, after the parole denial.

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.

The unexpected release date comes after the reversal of a decision regarding time served, and Barzee will be freed five years before it was anticipated she would be eligible for parole.

Smart was found nine months later, walking down a street in the suburb of Sandy with Barzee and Mitchell, a drifter and self-described prophet who called himself Emmanuel.

However, the news release goes on: "based on further review and advice from legal counsel, the Board must count the time in federal prison as credit to the Utah sentence and therefore Ms. Barzee's sentence ends on September 19, 2018". She pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to one to 15 years.

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Ms Smart, now 30, said in a statement she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Barzee will be freed next week.

The next year, she was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Yet, the board reversed its decision on Tuesday and scheduled Barzee's release for September 19. After Smart was found alive in March 2003, Barzee and Mitchell were arrested.

She went on to add that 'I appreciate the support, the love, and concern that has been expressed and I will work diligently to address the issue of Barzee's release and to ensure changes are made moving forward to ensure this does not happen to anyone else in the future'.

After years of court battles and mental competency evaluations, Barzee pleaded guilty in 2009 to kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor in federal court.

Mitchell is serving a life sentence after being convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart.

Smart was taken at knifepoint from the bed she shared with her younger sister.

Elizabeth Smart is a child safety activist and ABC News contributor who came to national attention in 2002 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City, Utah home.

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