Elizabeth Smart outraged by planned release of one of her kidnappers

Wanda Barzee

Wanda Barzee

Barzee's testimony against Mitchell seemed like a turning point, but her mental state appears to have changed in her subsequent years in federal and state prisons, Mace said. "I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in the community, which is why our community should be anxious".

Utah authorities announced last week that they had miscalculated Barzee's sentence and that she would be released Wednesday.

Barzee was convicted of both state and federal crimes, and transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas. Barzee, the woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held her captive, will be released from prison next week.

In 2002, Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was abducted at knifepoint by Wanda Barzee and her husband, Brian David Mitchell, from her bedroom in Salt Lake City.

Elizabeth Smart says she is surprised and disappointed after learning one of her captors will walk free.

Her aunt played the organ at her wedding decades ago, before Barzee joined Mitchell as he acted on his so-called revelations from God.

"So, do I believe that she is unsafe?" she continued. "And yet co-conspired to kidnap a 14-year-old girl [Smart], and not only sit next to her while [Smart was] being raped, but encourage her husband to rape me".

"I would urge the powers that be, and anyone who works under them, to really, strongly reconsider this situation, to look at all the facts, look at her mental status, and see if they really and honestly truly feel like she is no longer a threat and that she is ready to be released."

Smart recently gave a statement as she reflected on her captivity.

Smart's attorney, Brett Tolman, indicated that Barzee must follow stringent guidelines set forth by the parole board.

Elizabeth Smart walks to her press conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

The conditions of Barzee's release, however, didn't help to alleviate Smart's fear.

"Do I believe she is risky?"

Smart was found while walking with Barzee and Mitchell on a street in the suburb of Sandy, Utah, by people who recognized the couple from media reports.

If Barzee had shown more clear signs of rehabilitation, she would likely feel differently about her release, she said. During his trial, Smart told the jury that Mitchell treated her "like an animal", and forced her to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. Further, he often denied her food and water as a means to control her and have Smart completely dependent upon him.

Brian David Mitchell is escorted into Judge Judith Atherton's courtroom in Matheson Courthouse for a competency hearing in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, May 24, 2005.

In this December 10 2010, file photo, Brian David Mitchell is escorted by a U.S. Marshall as he arrives at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Smart was walking alongside Barzee and Mitchell when police stopped them.

Mitchell, a self-described prophet who insisted he was called "Emmanuel", was handed down a life sentence without the possibility of parole after the defense's plea of insanity was struck down.

With just a few days until Barzee's release from prison, even members of her family have come forward to reveal that they are just as disturbed as Elizabeth is by this news.

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