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Utah lawmaker wants to close loophole that released Barzee

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 9/23/2018
FILE - This April 8, 2016, file photo, provided by Utah State Prison shows Wanda Barzee. Barzee, the woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held her captive, will be released from prison next week. The surprise move announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, comes after authorities determined they had miscalculated the time Barzee previously served in federal custody.(Utah State Prison via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This April 8, 2016, file photo, provided by Utah State Prison shows Wanda Barzee. Barzee, the woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held her captive, will be released from prison next week. The surprise move announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, comes after authorities determined they had miscalculated the time Barzee previously served in federal custody.(Utah State Prison via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah legislator has introduced a bill he says would close a loophole that allowed for one of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers to be released from prison.

Rep. Ken Ivory of West Jordan says the loophole in a state law allowed 72-year-old Wanda Barzee to be released last week after serving her maximum 15-year sentence despite the fact she refused mental-health treatment while in custody.

Ivory told The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday the bill he filed in advance of January's legislative session would remove credit for time served if the inmate pleaded guilty and mentally ill, but didn't accept treatment.

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, shows Elizabeth Smart holding a photo of Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado during a news conference, in Sandy, Utah. Wanda Barzee, the woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held her captive, will be released from prison next week. The surprise move announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, comes after authorities determined they had miscalculated the time Barzee previously served in federal custody. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, shows Elizabeth Smart holding a photo of Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado during a news conference, in Sandy, Utah. Wanda Barzee, the woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Smart as a teenager from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002 and held her captive, will be released from prison next week. The surprise move announced Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, comes after authorities determined they had miscalculated the time Barzee previously served in federal custody. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Barzee helped her husband, Brian David Mitchell, abduct Smart at knifepoint in 2002 when she was 14.

Police say Mitchell raped her almost daily for nine months before she was rescued in Sandy in March 2003.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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