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May252011

Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Kidnapper's Sentencing

George Frey/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Utah kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart is due in court Wednesday for the sentencing of the man who held her captive and sexually assaulted her for nine months.

Smart says she will speak during Brian David Mitchell's sentencing not only for her case but also for other victims who cannot speak out -- she wants it to give them hope.

Last December, Mitchell was found guilty of kidnapping Smart.  Now, she'll get the final word, telling her tormentor and the judge about the horrors she endured.

Smart was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in June 2002 after Mitchell broke in and took the then 14-year-old from the bedroom she shared with her sister.  For the next nine months, Mitchell, a self-proclaimed prophet, and his accomplice, Wanda Barzee, held her captive.  He claimed she had become his wife and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

In March 2003, two women in Sandy, Utah -- just miles from Smart's home -- called police when they saw a man who they thought looked like Mitchell, whose face they knew from the extensive coverage of the girl's story.  The man was walking with a woman and a girl, all carrying rolled sleeping bags.  When police tracked the trio down, they thought the girl looked like Smart and took them into custody.

Mitchell will likely be sentenced to life in prison.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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