Elizabeth Smart was only 14 years old when she was abducted by Wanda Barzee and her husband, Brian David Mitchell, and used as a sex slave. And this week, Wanda Barzee was released from prison five years earlier than expected.
The first photo of Barzee as a free woman has since emerged, and it's bizarre.
The photo shows Barzee, 72, carrying a salad and a banana. According to Utah state officials, Barzee spent her first night of freedom "wailing religious scripture at the top of her lungs" in her hotel room in Salt Lake City.
Barzee's sentence was cut short five years on the condition that she will remain under federal supervision for five years. Smart has called her release "incomprehensible," saying she believes Barzee remains a threat to herself and others.
People are very disturbed.
Smart, now 30, said in a statement:
“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 made moving forward to ensure this doesn't happen to anyone else in the future."
Barzee must now register as a sex offender in the state of Utah.
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