Wanda Barzee refuses to show up at parole hearing in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping

DRAPER, Utah (KSTU) -- Wanda Barzee, the woman who helped Brian David Mitchell kidnap Elizabeth Smart from her bedroom back in 2002 and held her captive for nine months, is up for parole.

Barzee, 72, refused to attend her hearing, instead informing corrections officers that she did not wish to be transported. Angela Micklos, a member of the Utah Board of Pardons & Parole, also said Barzee has refused to participate in required psychological evaluations.

"That has not been done to date. Ms. Barzee refused to meet with the prison psychologist last month just for a psych review," she said.

Elizabeth Smart did not attend the hearing, but her father, Ed Smart, showed up after it had concluded. He said he believes Barzee still follows Mitchell, who is serving life in a federal prison.

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Former missing child Elizabeth Smart (C) stands with her father Edward (L) and mother Lois (R) as they attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington April 30, 2003. President George W. Bush signed the Protect Act of 2003 also known as the Amber Alert legislation during the ceremony. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn GMH
SALT LAKE CITY - JUNE 17: Ed (L) and Lois Smart speak to the news media about their daughter Elizabeth's kidnapping June 17 , 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Mauricio Menjivar/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 12: This handout photo from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's department shows Brian David Mitchell March 12, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mitchell and his wife Wanda Ilene Barzee were taken into custody in conjunction with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart who was found alive with them, nine months after being kidnapped. (Photo by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 12: This handout photo from the Salt Lake County Sheriff's department shows Wanda Ilene Barzee March 12, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Barbee and her husband Brian David Mitchell were taken into custody in conjunction with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart who was found alive with them, nine months after being kidnapped. (Photo by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - JUNE 9: Elizabeth Smart's cousins Tori Dumke (L), Cessilee Smart (C) and Alicia Smart join supporters during a candlelight vigil June 9, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home early June 5, 2002. (Photo by Keith Johnson/Getty Images)
KEARNS, UTAH - JUNE15: Eric Hutchings, Representative of district 38 in Utah, gives instructions to volunteers searching for the kidnapped14 year-old Elizabeth Smart June 15, 2002 in Kearns, Utah. Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City June 5, 2002 and an all out local effort to search for her continues. (Photo by Mauricio Menjivar/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 12: Tom Smart, uncle of Elizabeth Smart, speaks at a news conference March 12, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Elizabeth, the teenager abducted from her bedroom June 5, 2002, was found in a routine traffic stop in the car of Brian David Mitchell, a man who had done work on the Smart home and was wanted by police for questioning in the case. (Photo by Danny Chan La/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 13: Elizabeth Smart's father, Ed, speaks with the media at the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Federal Heights Ward March 13, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Elizabeth Smart was abducted nine months ago from her Salt Lake City home at knifepoint, allegedly by Brian David Mitchell. (Photo by Danny Chan La/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 13: A poster echoing the Smart Family's Latter-Day Saints (LDS) beliefs hangs at the LDS Federal Heights Ward March 13, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Elizabeth Smart was abducted nine months ago from her Salt Lake City home at knifepoint, allegedly by Brian David Mitchell. (Photo by Danny Chan La/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - JUNE 21: Investigators in the Elizabeth Smart case meet before a news conference June 21, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later, Bret Edmunds, the man wanted for questioning in the kidnapping of the 14-year-old girl was caught June 21, 2002 at a West Virginia hospital.(Photo by Mauricio Menjivar/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - (UNDATED FILE PHOTO): A family photo of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart who was abducted at gunpoint from her Salt Lake City home June 5, 2002 is shown in this undated photo. A teenager has been arrested for trying to extort money from the Smart family according to reports in the media in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspect, Walter Kenneth Holloway, is not believed to have any actual connection with Smart's disapearance, but faces charges such as interstate extortion and threatening communications. Elizabeth Smart turned 15-years-old November 3, 2002. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 18: (FILE PHOTO) This handout image showing a compilation of images of a man identified as Brian David Mitchell, was released by the Smart family February 18, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mitchell is wanted for questioning in the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart. According to the Smart family, the man who at first was identified as 'Emanuel' was a handyman in their home in November of 2001. Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home June 5, 2002. (Photo by Smart Family/Salt Lake City PD/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 12: Elizabeth Smart's cousins Amanda (L) and Sierra Smart react at a news conference March 12, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Elizabeth, the teenager abducted from her bedroom in June 5, 2002, was found in a routine traffic stop in the car of Brian David Mitchell, a man who had done work on the Smart home and was wanted by police for questioning in the case. (Photo by Danny Chan La/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: Surrounded by families of kidnapped victims, including Elizabeth Smart (L), her parents Lois and Ed, and Donna Norris, the mother of Amber Hagerman, U.S. President George W. Bush (R) signs the Amber Alert package into law at the Rose Garden of the White House April 30, 2003 in Washington, DC. The national 'Amber Alert' plan would create a system to help find kidnapped children and impose tougher penalties on child abusers, kidnappers and pornographers. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES - 2003/05/20: Elizabeth Smart of Salt Lake City, Utah plays the harp during the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's 9th Annual Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.. Smart was given the 2004 National Courage Award for having the courage to relay her identity to law enforcement authorities. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: President George W. Bush greets Elizabeth Smart (C) and her mother Lois Smart (R) in the Roosevelt Room April 30, 2003 at the White House in Washington, D.C. President Bush met with the Smart family before the signing of the S. 151, PROTECT Act of 2003, which would create a system to help find kidnapped children and impose stiffer penalties on kidnappers. (Photo by Eric Draper/The White House/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 22: Judge Judith Atherton listens to the attorneys for Brian David Mitchell in court April 22, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mitchell is charged with the alleged abduction of teenager Elizabeth Smart June 5, 2002. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 22: Wanda Barzee appears in court handcuffed April 22, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Barzee is charged with the alleged abduction of teenager Elizabeth Smart June 5, 2002. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 19: Brian Mitchell, a suspect in the Elizabeth Smart abduction, is seen on a video screen from jail during his first court appearance March 19, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee were charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated burglary March 18, 2003 in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart June 5, 2002. (Photo by Douglas C. Pizac-Pool/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - JANUARY 6: Brian David Mitchell (C), the alleged kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart, makes an outburst in court by singing a Bible verse as a Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputy prepares to remove him from the courtroom during a hearing at the Matheson Courthouse January 6, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defense attorneys Heidi Buchi (L) and Mark Helm (R) attended the hearing. (Photo by Laura Seitz-Pool/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY - SEPTEMBER 2: Elizabeth Smart's father, Ed Smart, listens to the charges read against Brian David Mitchell, former homeless street preacher and kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart, during an arraignment before Third District judge Judith Atherton September 2, 2004 at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mitchell pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other charges in the knifepoint abduction of Elizabeth Smart. (Photo by Laura Seitz-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES - 2004/05/19: Left to right, Elizabeth Smart, Senator Orin Hatch (UT) and John Walsh attend the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's 9th Annual Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.. Smart was given the 2004 National Courage Award for having the courage to relay her identity to law enforcement authorities. (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Ed Smart, father of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart, approaches the media shouting "It's real, It's real" about his daughter being found alive and in what he describes as doing well in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 13, 2003. Elizabeth was found yesterday in Sandy, Utah after spending almost nine months captive. She was abducted at night from her bedroom June 5, 2002. REUTERS/Steve Wilson SCW
Neighbors Kate Langland (left) and Kim Ujifsa leave the home of the Smart family to go and post fliers of Elizabeth Smart in surrounding areas, in Salt Lake City, June 5, 2002. A 14-year-old girl was abducted at gunpoint from her bedroom in the middle of the night on Wednesday, prompting a massive search across three states as family members pleaded for her safe return. Elizabeth Smart, still wearing her red silk pajamas, was taken from the house in front of her 9-year-old sister, who was so frightened by the gunman's threats that she waited two hours before raising the alarm. REUTERS/Matthew Hatfield ME/
Elizabeth Smart, a 14-year-old girl, was abducted at gunpoint from her bedroom in the middle of the night on June 5, 2002, prompting a massive search across three states as family members pleaded for her safe return. Ms. Smart, still wearing her red silk pajamas, was taken from her Salt Lake City, Utah house, shown June 6, in front of her nine-year-old sister, who was so frightened by the gunman's threats that she waited two hours before raising the alarm. REUTERS/Steve Wilson/POOL CRIME KIDNAPPING
Cousins of Elizabeth Smart, Amanda (L) amd Sierra Smart (R), share tears of joy at a family news conference after Elizabeth was found alive and in what police describe as good condition in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 12, 2003. Elizabeth Smart was abducted from the bedroom of her home June 5, 2002. REUTERS/Steve Wilson SCW
Daisy Carlson and her son Hayden tie a blue ribbon around a railing in the neighborhood below Elizabeth Smarts home in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 13, 2003. Elizabeth was found yesterday in Sandy, Utah after spending almost nine months captive. She was abducted at night from her bedroom June 5, 2002. REUTERS/Steve Wilson SCW
Elizabeth Smart (C) and her father Ed Smart (L) applaud as U.S. President George W. Bush speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House April 30, 2003. Surrounded by the Smart family and families of other kidnapped children, President Bush signed a wide-ranging package of child safety measures into law. REUTERS/Win McNamee WM
A letter from Brian David Mitchell, the self-styled prophet who calls himself 'Immanuel', on trial for kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002, is shown in this undated photograph admitted into evidence in his federal kidnapping trial in Salt Lake City, Utah. The image was released to Reuters November 29, 2010. REUTERS/United States District Court/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Brian David Mitchell is escorted by a marshal at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 10, 2010. Mitchell, a homeless street preacher was found guilty of kidnapping then teenager Elizabeth Smart in June of 2002, whose abduction and nine-month ordeal gripped much of America more than eight years ago. A federal jury in Salt Lake City convicted Mitchell, 57, on two counts: kidnapping and transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity. REUTERS/Michael Brandy (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Elizabeth Smart talks to the media outside the Federal Courthouse after addressing her kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, during his sentencing in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 25, 2011. The homeless street preacher convicted of kidnapping Smart was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison after Smart told him that he would be held responsible for his actions "in this life or the next." REUTERS/Michael Brandy (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
Reporters Jennifer Dobner (L), Carla Roberts (C) and Kelly Burke hold up signs reading "Life" for the media outside the Federal Courthouse during sentencing of Brian David Mitchell in kidnapping case of Elizabeth Smart in Salt Lake City, Utah May 25, 2011. The homeless street preacher convicted of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison after Smart told him that he would be held responsible for his actions "in this life or the next." REUTERS/Michael Brandy (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY)
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"I recently heard she’s still following Mitchell, carries around his little bitty bible and her refusal to come today seems like an indicator that she’s still of the same mindset she was at the time she took Elizabeth," he told reporters.

Smart said his daughter has moved on with her life and he would leave it up to mental health professionals to recommend if Barzee is released.

"I don’t think I have concerns for Elizabeth or our family, but if she were to go back to the same scenario that she’s been, she was really an encouragement to Mitchell to abduct Elizabeth," he said. "I would hate for her to have the opportunity to do that to somebody else."

Elizabeth Smart later posted her thoughts on the parole hearing to Instagram:

It’s only 11:00am and today has already been an eventful day. This morning was the parole hearing for Wanda Barzee, one of the people who kidnapped and held me captive for nine months. The funny side of this morning was I got to the state prison once it was already over 😬, that was just due to a silly mix up. And the good news is she was not released. However what I find troubling is that regardless of her threat level she will be released in 2024, six years from now. It is possible that she could be paroled before then....hopefully not. I do not think I’m a vindictive or vengeful person, if change were truly possible in her case then perhaps parole/release could be justified. But I have recently learned that she is still carrying around a manuscript called,”The Book of Immanuel David Isaiah” and is reading from it. In this manuscript were the “revelations” Mitchell “received” from God to kidnap myself and 6 other young girls to all become his wives, it also “revealed” his other highly disturbing and dangerous ideas. This is proof to me that she hasn’t changed, and if the prior 15+ years hasn’t changed her I don’t see how the future years will. I will continue to pray that she will never be a threat to myself, my family, or any vulnerable person ever again. A lot can happen between now and the years to come so in the meantime I will continue to make my family my priority, working to advocate and protect victims and children, and live my life the best way I know how.

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Barzee is serving a one-to-15 year sentence in the Utah State Prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping. She entered the prison in 2016 after serving a stint in federal system.

Her sentence is scheduled to expire in 2024, meaning she would have to be released by then regardless of any mandatory mental health evaluation. Micklos signaled the parole board is unlikely to release her immediately without that evaluation.

"Without that additional information, we’re left, basically, guessing what her current status is. We will not be making any decision until we receive more information," she said.

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Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002 when she was 14. She was found nine months later after she was recognized while out in public with her captors. Brian David Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart and was sentenced to life in prison in 2011. Mitchell's estranged wife, Wanda Barzee, admitted to her role in the kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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Jaycee Lee Dugard

Phillip and Nancy Garrido abducted Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 near Lake Tahoe when she was 11 and held her captive for 18 years. Dugard was forced to live in tents and sheds behind Garrido's home in California. She was found in 2009 after Garrido brought her to his parole meeting and investigators became suspicious. Phillip Garrido reportedly raped her for years and fathered two children with her. Phillip was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison and his wife was sentenced to 36 years to life.  

Nancy Garrido
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Charles Lindbergh, Jr.

Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of the American aviator, was kidnapped from his home in March 1932. A ladder was used to climb up to the baby's bedroom and a ransom note was left behind. The infant's body was later discovered near the Lindbergh's mansion in New Jersey. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of murder and was later executed by electric chair.

Charles Lindbergh Jr.
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Bruno Richard Hauptmann
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Caylee Anthony

3-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen alive on June 16, 2008. She wasn't reported missing until a month later when her mother, Casey Anthony, told investigators that a babysitter kidnapped her. The young girl's remains were found in a wooded-area in December 2008. Casey Anthony stood trial for her daughter's murder but was acquitted.

Caylee Anthony
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Casey Anthony
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Natascha Kampusch

Natascha Kampusch vanished when she was 10-years-old in 1998 while walking to school. The woman broke free on August 23, 2006, after living for eight years in a small basement area under a garage next to the suspected kidnappers house in Strasshof, 15 miles outside of the capital Vienna. The suspect, Wolfgang Priklopil committed suicide after Kampusch managed to escape.

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Carlina White

Carlina White, seen here as a baby and adult, was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital in 1987. As she grew up she began to question if the woman who was raising her was actually her mother. After doing some research she discovered a picture of herself when she was an infant on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website and was eventually reunited with her family 23 years later. The woman who abducted her, Ann Pettway, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Relisha Rudd

8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared on March 1, 2014. She was last seen spending time with the janitor of the homeless shelter where she stayed with her mother. That man, Kahlil Tatum later killed himself but Relisha has never been found.

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Barzee's lawyer, Scott Williams, told reporters that he believed she should already have been out by now. The deal with the feds called for a concurrent sentence.

"She should be out because 15 years has passed and I don’t think, and I’m trying to understand how the state of Utah thinks they can hold her more than 15 years on a 15 year sentence maximum," he said.

Williams said he sent information on Barzee's plea deal to the parole board. Greg Johnson, a spokesman for the board, said they would evaluate it and make an ultimate decision on Barzee's fate within two to four weeks.

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