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Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Gets 15 Years

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The woman who's been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping says she's sorry "for all the pain and suffering" she caused. Wanda Barzee will get credit for about seven years she's already served. She's agreed to testify in pending state and federal cases against her now-estranged husband, Brian Mitchell.

She pleaded guilty in November to federal charges including kidnapping in the abduction of the 14-year-old girl from her bedroom in 2002. The victim was found nine months later walking the streets of a Salt Lake City suburb with Barzee and Mitchell. Speaking in court today for the first time, Elizabeth Smart's mother told Barzee that the family had suffered, and that her daughter had been "tortured and tormented."

Elizabeth Smart, who is now 22, is serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paris.

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