Brian David Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for kidnapping and raping Elizabeth Smart. The following are quotes from the federal court sentencing hearing and in interviews afterward.
“Today is the ending of a very long chapter and the beginning of a very beautiful chapter for me,” proclaimed a smiling Elizabeth Smart outside the Frank E. Moss federal courthouse Wednesday.
While we decry the negative influence of religion on Brian Mitchell, we have to marvel at its positive influence in helping his victim Elizabeth Smart survive and eventually thrive.
SALT LAKE CITY — In the eyes of the federal government, Brian David Mitchell is a convicted child kidnapper and sex offender. But in state court, he is still mentally incompetent to stand trial.
SALT LAKE CITY — The trial of Elizabeth Smart kidnapper Brian David Mitchell, which ended with a guilty verdict last week, was the news story of the year in Utah, right?
Elizabeth Smart’s abduction was a top Utah news story in 2002, second only to the Olympics, and her recovery was the top news story in 2003.
In the end, he was miles from the news cameras, the microphones and the klieg lights, working yet another case in yet another jurisdiction, out of sight, unavailable for comment — appropriately enough.
More than 81/2 years had passed after she was abducted from her bedroom at knifepoint, held hostage and raped for nine months. Through many of those years, she waited as her case became tied up in the legal system.
Nine men and five women sat in silence for 18 days listening to graphic details about Brian David Mitchell’s insatiable appetite for sex, drugs and alcohol.
As Melissa walked into her bosses’ office Friday afternoon, she immediately recognized the young blonde woman talking on the television.
Jury deliberations resumed this morning in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.
Jurors will resume weighing the fate of Brian David Mitchell this morning after three hours of deliberations Thursday evening.
SALT LAKE CITY — The prosecution’s key expert witness in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, does not believe the former street preacher’s alleged religious beliefs are sincere and he is not mentally ill.
SALT LAKE CITY — A veteran forensic psychiatrist testified Tuesday that Brian David Mitchell suffers from a severe personality disorder — not a mental illness.
SALT LAKE CITY — Brian David Mitchell’s behavior — from the time he was at the Utah State Hospital to his current trial for the alleged kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart — were analyzed in federal court Monday.
SALT LAKE CITY — The defense for Brian David Mitchell rested Thursday, ending with a psychologist who believes the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart was mentally ill at the time of the abduction.
SALT LAKE CITY — Brian David Mitchell professes to be a prophet, called from on high as “the one mighty and strong” to be the Lord’s servant in the last days.
SALT LAKE CITY — A visibly upset Elizabeth Smart stormed out of the courtroom Wednesday after a witness testified that she had picked out a name for a baby should she become pregnant during the time she was kidnapped.