Elizabeth Smart faced her kidnapper at his sentencing Wednesday, saying he will have answer for his sins in the next life.
“I don’t have much to say to you,” said Smart, 23, in a Salt Lake City courtroom. “I know that you know what you did was wrong … You did it with full knowledge. But I want you to know that I have a wonderful life.”
Brian David Mitchell showed no sign that he heard her. Instead, he sang “Oh Come, Emmanuel” during Smart’s victim’s statement.
Mitchell, 57, received the harshest sentence possible – life in prison – from U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball for taking Smart at knifepoint from her bed when she was 14, forcing her to become his plural “wife” and raping her daily during the nine months she was held captive.
Smart, now 23, who recently completed a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Paris, told Mitchell that he would be held accountable by a higher authority.
“I hope you’re ready when that day comes,” she said firmly.
Her father, Ed Smart, also confronted Mitchell, who was convicted last December of felony kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.
“You put Elizabeth through nine months of psychological hell,” Ed Smart said. “You are going to have to face the guilt. You are going to have to recognize that what you did was wrong. I hope that at some point in your life you’re going to repent of it.”
Mitchell’s stepdaughter, Rebecca Woodbridge, told Fox-13 television in Salt Lake City that Mitchell was “ready for the next step, to move on.”
“I asked him about the life sentence, and he’s like, ‘The world won’t be around for me to serve that life sentence because we’re not going to last that long on this Earth,’ ” she said.