Former street preacher gets life in Smart case

Elizabeth Smart (Source: CNN)
Elizabeth Smart (Source: CNN)

(AP) - Elizabeth Smart says she was thrilled with the two life sentences given to the man who kidnapped her from the bedroom of her Utah home nearly nine years ago.

Smart said at a news conference Wednesday after the hearing that she fully believes defendant David Brian Mitchell knew exactly what he was doing when he abducted and raped her, despite arguments by his lawyers for years that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

She says the sentencing, which came on National Missing Children's Day, marks the end of a long chapter in her life as well as a beautiful new beginning.

She says she wants to work to help bring other missing children back to their families and see the abductors brought to justice.

A jury unanimously convicted the 57-year-old Mitchell in December of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for sex.

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