Kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart moved to Utah prison

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted in Elizabeth Smart’s 2002 kidnapping is back in Utah, where she’ll finish serving time on state charges.

Steve Gehrke with the Utah Department of Corrections says 70-year-old Wanda Barzee was admitted to the Draper prison Friday.

Barzee was transferred earlier this week from Texas, where she was serving a federal prison term for the kidnapping.

She was returned to Utah to finish serving time on state kidnapping charges.

Barzee pleaded guilty to helping the self-styled prophet Brian David Mitchell kidnap the 14-year-old girl from her Salt Lake City bedroom and hold her for nine months before she was found and rescued.

Mitchell, Barzee’s estranged husband, is serving two life terms in an Arizona federal prison.

Barzee has a hearing before Utah’s parole board in June 2018.

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