The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole announced on Tuesday that Wanda Barzee, 72, is set to be released from Utah State Prison on September 19.
In 2010, Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for her role in the kidnapping of then-14-year-old Elizabeth Smart. Barzee was released from prison in 2016, but was then sentenced to 1-15 years in state prison for another charge: attempted abduction of Smart’s cousin a month after Smart’s kidnapping.
“Upon further review and advice from legal counsel, the board must count time spent in federal custody toward Ms. Barzee’s state sentence. Therefore, Ms. Barzee’s state sentence ends on Sept. 19, 2018,” said the Board in a statement.
Elizabeth Smart issued her own statement, saying that she was “surprised a disappointed” to hear the news of Barzee’s release. “I appreciate the support, love and concern that has already been expressed and will work diligently to address the issue of Barzee’s release as well as to ensure changes are mad moving forward to ensure this doesn’t happen to anyone else in the future.”