Elizabeth will publicly address Brian David Mitchell the man who kidnapped, raped and imprisoned her for nine months in 2002, in court today, May 25, where he will be sentenced.
Brian David Mitchell, convicted of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, now 23, when she was 14 and taking her across state lines for the purpose of having sex, will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball in a Salt Lake City courtroom today, May 25. And Elizabeth will speak to him publicly for the first time.
Attorney Greg Skordas, who represented Elizabeth when she was a minor, says victims of a terrible crime such as this want to speak their peace and let people know they are survivors.
“They would ideally like to address their attacker,” Skordas says, “and she would want to look him in the eye and tell him some things.”
But Mitchell has been removed from court numerous times during the past few months for refusing to stop singing and yelling during court hearings, making Skordras believe he will be taken out of the courtroom before Elizabeth gets a chance to speak.
Mitchell was convicted last December on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for purpose of having illegal sex.
“For nine months, Ms. Smart, a young teenager, was subjected to unusually heinous, cruel, brutal, and degrading treatment at the hands of the defendant, which caused great emotional, physical and psychological pain and humiliation,” a prosecutor said in court papers. “Those nine months can never be recovered.”
Mitchell also has the option of speaking on his own behalf before sentencing, but Skordas says it’s unlikely: “He probably won’t because he hasn’t done anything in this case.”
Skordas believes that Mitchell will get life in prison. HollyBaby.com will keep you updated as the sentencing unfolds.