Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart's captor Wanda Barzee to be released from prison

Smart was 14 years old when she was kidnapped in 2002 from her Salt Lake City home and held as a prisoner by Barzee and her husband Brian David Mitchell.
7:22 | 09/19/18

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