SAN FRANCISCO —pleaded Thursday with authorities in Utah to reconsider releasing one of her kidnappers. Smart was held captive for nine months in 2002 when she was just 14.
Smart says the release of 64-year-old Wanda Barzee, years earlier than expected, was a shock.READ MORE: University Of Chicago Police Officer Who Shot Man In Hyde Park Shootout Also Shot Student In 2018
In 2002, Smart was 14 years old when she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City bedroom. Nine months later she was discovered.
She had been held captive by a onetime street preacher,, and his wife Wanda. Smart says Mitchell raped her almost daily with Barzee’s help.
“She is a woman who had six children, but encouraged her husband to continue to rape me,” Smart said Thursday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Bitter Cold, But Snow Is On The Way
In 2011, Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison.
In June, the Utah parole board set Barzee’s release date in 2024, but last week announced it had miscalculated credit for time served in federal prison. She will now be set free Sept. 19.
“I never wanted to think about her ever again,” Smart said. “Do I believe she is dangerous? Yes, but not just to me. I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in the community, which is why our community should be worried.”
But the parole board says they have little recourse other than to release her next Wednesday.MORE NEWS: Chicago Auto Show's First Look For Charity Gala Fundraiser Set For Feb. 11
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