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Wanda Barzee sentenced to 15 years, gets scolding from Elizabeth Smart's mother

by | May 21, 2010

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Lois Smart stood in the courtroom just a few feet away from Wanda Barzee and delivered a sharp scolding from one mother to another.

"Mothers don't do that to mothers," Smart told the woman who played a role in her daughter's kidnapping. "Mothers don't do that to children."

Barzee was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for her role in the kidnapping and sexual assault of Elizabeth Smart. Before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball issued his sentence, he allowed Lois Smart to address Barzee directly.

"What you did to our family and our girl Elizabeth was wrong. It was wrong and it was evil," Smart said in a calm but very direct manner while staring the entire time at Barzee. "You hurt our family in ways you'll never know."

Kimball handed down the sentence two weeks before the eighth anniversary of the day Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her Federal Heights home.

Before Lois Smart took the stand, Barzee reiterated an earlier apology for the "pain and suffering I have caused the Smart family."

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