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  • ** FILE ** Brian David Mitchell (Associated Press)

    Mitchell sentenced to life in Smart kidnapping case

    Nearly nine years after she was abducted at knifepoint from her bed, Elizabeth Smart watched Wednesday without showing any emotion as a federal judge ordered a street preacher to spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping her while holding her captive for months.

  • Brian David Mitchell enters the federal court house on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley)

    Jury convicts Smart kidnapper, rejects insanity

    A jury found a rambling street preacher guilty Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in a case that has tugged at hearts around the nation ever since the Utah teenager was snatched from her bedroom and resurfaced nine months later.

  • Victim Elizabeth Smart arrives at the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City to testify Wednesday in the Brian David Mitchell trial. He is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines in 2002. If convicted, he faces a life sentence. (Associated Press)

    Elizabeth Smart finishes Utah trial testimony

    The man accused of abducting Elizabeth Smart was a crude, vulgar, self-serving person who used religion to justify his actions, including her kidnapping and rape, she told jurors on her third and final day of testimony.

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