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Verdict Handed Down in Case of Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper

By: CBS
By: CBS

Eight years after Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping made headlines around the country, the man who held her captive for nine months has been convicted.

The jury deliberated just five hours before finding Brian David Mitchell guilty of kidnapping and other charges, rejecting his insanity defense.

Now 23-year-old Elizabeth Smart said she was thrilled with the verdict.

"I hope that this is not only an example that justice can be served in America, but that it is possible to move on after something terrible has happened and that we can speak out and will be heard," she said.

Her family is relieved this chapter in their lives is over.

"There was another day that she used the word 'victorious' and that was when she came home and I think this is an exceptionally victorious day for us all," said her mother, Lois Smart.

"It has been so long in coming and we are so grateful as a family to have it come to an end," said her father, Ed Smart.

Elizabeth smart was just 14 when she was snatched from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, in June of 2002. The search gripped the nation.

Smart testified in her trial that she was almost immediately forced into a polygamous marriage with Mitchell, raped, drugged and forced to drink alcohol.

Jurors said her testimony was a deciding factor.

"The testimony from Elizabeth, to me, was very important because of the interaction she spent with the defendant on a day-to-day basis."

Wanda Barzee, Mitchell’s estranged wife, pleaded guilty to kidnapping saying Mitchell convinced her God was behind his plan.

Mitchell could face life in prison when he's sentenced in May.

The trial was delayed for years after another court declared Mitchell mentally incompetent. Mitchell's lawyer said his client expected to be found guilty.


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