Nov 17, 2009 8:00 AM by Associated Press

Lawyer: Woman will enter guilty plea in Smart case

Seven years after it began, the wrenching saga of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping is expected to move toward a resolution today.

One of the two defendants in the case is expected to plead guilty. Her attorney says Wanda Eileen Barzee will enter the plea on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor. Scott Williams would not say whether a reduced sentence is part of a deal cut with federal prosecutors.

Barzee's plea comes a month after a Utah State Hospital report that 15 months of court-ordered treatments with anti-psychotic medications had restored her competency.

Barzee and her estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell, were indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2008. Smart was 14 in 2002 when she was abducted from her bedroom at knifepoint and whisked away to a campsite in the mountains above her Salt Lake City home. She was recovered nine months later.


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