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Federal jury convicts Smart kidnapper, rejects insanity

4 years ago December 10, 2010 Dec 10, 2010 Friday, December 10 2010 Friday, December 10, 2010 11:34:28 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - A federal jury in Salt Lake City has convicted a former street preacher of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart more than eight years ago.

The verdict reached Friday finally brought justice for Smart and her family after the ordeal that began when Brian David Mitchell took her from her home at knifepoint and held her captive for nine months when she was 14.

Now 23, Smart testified during the five-week trial that she was forced into a polygamous marriage and endured near daily rapes.

The jury found Mitchell guilty of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purposes of illegal sex.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

 

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