Brian David Mitchell, Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper, Sentenced to Life In Prison

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Brian David Mitchell, the infamous kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart, has been sentenced to life in prison for the abduction he carried out in 2002.

Smart, now 23, was present in the Salt Lake City courtroom Wednesday along with her mother Lois, sister Mary Katherine and father Ed Smart.

Elizabeth Smart addressed the court and Mitchell, saying:

The verdict was clearly for the best.

“I don’t have very much to say to you. I know exactly what you did."

"I know that you know what you did was wrong. You did it with a full knowledge. I also want you to know that I have a wonderful life now, that no matter what you do it will never affect me again. You took away nine months of my life.

"That can never be returned, but in this life or next, you will have to be held responsible for those actions, and I hope you are ready for when that time comes."

Ed Smart also addressed Mitchell.

“Your perversion and exploitation of religion is not a defense,” he said. “It is disgusting and it is an abuse that anyone should despise. Regardless of what the defense has proposed, you put Elizabeth through nine months of psychological hell."

"I hope at some time in your life you find what out you have done is wrong. Whether it’s your time on earth or in eternity, you’re going to have to face the guilt. ... I hope at some point in your life you’re going to be able to repent of it."

Mitchell abducted then-14-year-old Elizabeth at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She testified that he raped her daily during her months long imprisonment, from which she miraculously escaped in 2003.

A jury convicted Mitchell of felony kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

There is no parole in the federal system, but Mitchell will be incarcerated outside of Utah because there is no federal prison in the state.


"LEO", I agree with you 100%! What a kind and good heated soul Elizabeth Smart is. And what an example she sets. I pray that other victims of abuse can see that they are indeed the victims and should never feel "shame" for being abused. It takes a really sick monster to do this. My sister was a victim at the hands of our father, and to this day, she still suffers. God Bless you Elizabeth! I hope people see this and know that they do have a voice!


can you imagine this guy having sex with you! Gross. I saw her on the news & tho she said she was happy with the out come she seemed alittle dead inside, i dont blame her.


Well said Leo.


What an admirable young lady. She is an inspiration. I will now try to stop complaining about my pretty good life. God bless her and her family, always.


I saw Elizabeth Smart on the News on yesterday morning. Despite the horror of her kidnapping and unfortunate abuse at the hands of this absolute madman and his followers, Miss Smart is No longer his victim. Staying out of the public's eye, she has managed to be an advocate on the behalf of other young people caught up in the stigma of abuse. I applaud her efforts to continue to use the devastation that she experience as a way to have an absolute understanding of others who have also been treated so unjustly with their loss of young innocence. With a clear voice, and direct focus Elizabeth has been willing to let her story be told as a means of helping others who believe that they have No voice!!