The release of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper leads to outrage

On June 5th, 2002, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped and abducted in her home in Utah. Her kidnapping became a statewide public search. On March 12th, 2003 (9 months and a week later), Smart was found alive. Wanda Barsee was responsible. In 2010, she was convicted and pleaded guilty for helping her husband on both federal and state crimes. She complete a federal sentence in 2016. This week, the State of Utah Board of Pardons and Parole shockingly made the announcement that she will be released next Wednesday, and not in 2024 (due to a calculating error.) Smart (who survived the hostage) called the release incomprehensible, and said “It is incomprehensible how someone who has not cooperated with her mental health evaluations…can be released into our community.” (CBS This Morning) During the CBS This Morning podcast in April, Smart said Barsee was responsible, because he had children. Barsee will be federally supervised for 5 years, while her husband will serve 2 life sentences for kidnapping and sexual assault. Smart is demanding authorities to re consider the case, and put Barsee back in prison. She said to authorities that Barsee is a threat, and has six children. She was raped badly by both Barsee, and her husband.


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