Elizabeth Smart shared her fury on Tuesday after one of her kidnappers was granted probation after serving only 15 years behind bars for snatching her as a teenager and keeping her in the woods to be raped daily until she was saved by strangers .
Smart, now 30, was only 14 when Wanda Barzee and her former husband Brian David Mitchell snatched Smart from his room in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mitchell knew her because her family had hired him to do manual labor in her house.
For nine months, the couple obsessed with religion kept Smart tied up in the woods where Mitchell subjected her to daily rapes and death threats.
Elizabeth Smart, now 30, said on Tuesday that the decision to grant Wanda Barzee's parole was "incomprehensible". and had left her "disappointed" and "surprised", Barzee, 72, will be released on September 19
She was finally rescued when a stranger saw the three of them on the street and recognized the couple from an episode of America's Most Wanted.
Brian David Mitchell, Barzee's husband who raped Smart every day while keeping her in captivity, appears in his 2004 police photo
Barzee was granted parole on Tuesday after spending 15 years behind bars. It was a sudden change in the previous decision of the Utah Parole Board that the seven years he spent in jail awaiting trial should not count toward his sentence.
The 72-year-old will be released on September 19 and will be under federal supervision for five years.
Smart said the decision was "incomprehensible" and that she was "surprised and disappointed".
Barzee will be under federal supervision for five years.
In 2010, seven years after Smart was rescued, Barzee pleaded guilty to kidnapping.
She was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was credited with having seven of them in custody.
Mitchell was returned to life sentences.
The surprising decision to allow Barzee's release comes just a month after the parole board said it would not be released until 2024.
The parole board said earlier that Barzee would be released in January 2024 after he denied early parole after a hearing in which she decided not to attend.
At the June hearing, his lawyer questioned the calculation of his release date, which led the Utah board to investigate it. Attorney Scott Williams said on Tuesday he was grateful the board had reviewed it and agreed with his assessment.
In June, Smart said that Barzee (pictured in 2010) was still a danger to the community because he was attached to Mitchell's ideas about kidnapping.
Williams said he is not concerned that Barzee is a danger to the community, but declined to say why he believes that.
In June, Smart urged the parole board not to grant the woman's release by saying she still carried a book containing revelations that her husband said he received from God telling him to stay smart.
She said that the manuscript also contains other "disturbing and dangerous ideas", although it is not clear how she knows she had it.
"In this manuscript were the" revelations "that Mitchell" received "from God to kidnap me and six other young women to be his wife.
"He also" revealed "his other highly disturbing and dangerous ideas."
"This is proof to me that she has not changed, and if the last 15 years have not changed her, I do not see what future years will be like," Smart said in an Instagram post in June, adding: "I do not think I am a vengeful or revengeful person.
"If the change were really possible in your case, maybe the parole / release could be justified."
Her father Ed said: "I would hate for her to have the opportunity to do that to another person again."
Smart, now married and with two children, has written a book about the harrowing experience and helped make a Lifetime film and documentary about crime and her life. She is now a child safety activist who regularly delivers speeches.
She is waiting for her third baby in November.
Mitchell, shown up in 2010, will spend the rest of his life in prison