Elizabeth Smart outraged one of her kidnappers to be freed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called "incomprehensible" on Tuesday.

Wanda Barzee, 72, will be released Sept. 19 after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole determined it had miscalculated the time she was required to serve in prison, board spokesman Greg Johnson said.

Barzee pleaded guilty to kidnapping Smart and helping keep her captive for nine months before then-teenager was found and rescued.

Smart, now 30, said in a statement she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn that Barzee will be freed next week. She said she's exploring her options and plans to speak publicly in the coming days.

"It is incomprehensible how someone who has not cooperated with her mental health evaluations or risk assessments and someone who did not show up to her own parole hearing can be released into our community," Smart said.

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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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The board said previously that Barzee would be released in January 2024 after it denied her an early parole following a hearing that she chose not to attend. At that June hearing, the board said Barzee had refused to take a psychological exam.

At the same hearing, her attorney questioned the calculation of her release date. Lawyer Scott Williams said Tuesday he appreciates that the board reviewed it and agreed with his assessment.

Williams said he's not concerned about Barzee being a danger to the community, but declined to say why. Williams has said Barzee has been diagnosed with several mental illnesses.

Smart's abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom at knifepoint by a man who came in through an open kitchen window triggered waves of fear around the country.

Smart was found while walking with Barzee and Mitchell on a street in the suburb of Sandy, Utah, by people who recognized the couple from media reports.

Mitchell is serving a life sentence after being convicted of kidnapping and raping Smart. He and Barzee were married at one point.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Matthew Gilmour and Elizabeth Smart arrive at the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four SeasonsHotel on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Elizabeth Smart (L) and Matthew Gilmour attend the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Alliance for Women in Media )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Matthew Gilmour and Elizabeth Smart arrive at the 43rd Annual Gracie Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four SeasonsHotel on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/WireImage)
NBC NEWS - SPECIALS -- 'Elizabeth?'s Story -? A Meredith Vieira Special' -- Pictured: (l-r) Meredith Vieira, Elizabeth Smart and her husband Matthew Gilmour -- (Photo by: Robin Oelkers/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NBC NEWS - SPECIALS -- 'Elizabeth?'s Story -? A Meredith Vieira Special' -- Pictured: (l-r) Meredith Vieira, Elizabeth Smart and her husband Matthew Gilmour -- (Photo by: Robin Oelkers/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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Barzee has been in custody for a total of 15 years from the time she was arrested in March 2003. She was convicted of both state and federal crimes. She was transferred to the Utah state prison in April 2016 after finishing a federal sentence in Texas.

Smart, now married with two children, has written a book about the ordeal and helped make a Lifetime movie and documentary. She is now a child safety activist who regularly gives speeches.

She said in her statement she appreciates the support she's receiving and vowed to work to address the issue of Barzee's release so the same thing doesn't happen again.

Barzee will be under federal supervision for five years.

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