Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Brian David Mitchell Gets Life In Prison

Thu, May 26, 2011 9:29am EDT by 3 Comments

The man who abducted Elizabeth when she was 14, held her hostage and sexually abused her for nine grueling months has finally received his sentence — he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Elizabeth Smart, now 23, and her parents Mary Katherine and Ed Smart witnessed the sentencing in a Salt Like City courtroom on Wednesday, May 25, where the judge announced that her kidnapper Brian David Mitchell would be incarcerated in federal prison for the rest of his life. The man who made her world a living nightmare will finally get the punishment he deserves.

In December 2010, a jury convicted Mitchell of felony kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

Elizabeth addressed both the court and Mitchell on Wednesday, saying, “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.”

And her father made sure to speak his peace as well, letting Mitchell know that he will suffer, but not nearly as worse as his daughter did during the nine months of her captivity.

“Your perversion and exploitation of religion is not a defense,” Ed Smart 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.”

We are happy Elizabeth’s case has finally come to an end, although we know what Mitchell put her through will be imprinted in her mind for the rest of her life.

Do you think Mitchell got the sentence he deserved?

–Leigh Blickley

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Alex Jones.

Posted at 12:13 PM on September 21, 2012  

He should have been put to death, His parents should be put to death for breeding such a disgusting, Dirty, Filthy, Low life Scumbag.
I,m pleased Elizabeth is getting on with her life and I hope it pains Mtichell till he draws his last breath that she can prevent him from hurting her anymore. When he meets his maker he will find out what the wrath of god means…..
GOOD LUCK ELIZABETH
GOD BLESS YOU

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Doug Lowe

Posted at 9:59 AM on May 26, 2011  

In many states, a single count of 1st degree rape would land a perpetrator 20 to life. In certain circumstances, the death penalty could be discussed.

So, for nine months, the young lady was (as a minor) raped daily; if not sexually, then physically, and/or emotionally. She will likely (even with the best treatment) have issues with depression, dissociative disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In consideration of the multitude of counts this man accumulated, even by the minimum sentencing guidelines in a federal court, it was impossible to give him anything other than life without the possibility of pardon or parole.

Sorry for the lecture, folks. But it needed to be put into proper context. On a personal note, those who have any form of faith will take comfort in the fact that he still has God’s Judgment to face when he dies.

In other countries, they would save their government’s money and execute him. Of all the perpetrators out there-this guy deserves it.

I find it amazing that we can’t execute our most egregious offenders; with whom there is absolutely no doubt…but we can still send to their deaths poor minorities with reasonable doubt to death row.

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Stephanir

Posted at 3:17 AM on September 17, 2012  

Amen.

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