SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A former street preacher has been sentenced to life in federal prison for kidnapping Elizabeth Smart.

Before the sentencing Wednesday, Smart told Brian David Mitchell that she will have a good life despite what he did to her. Smart also said she knows that Mitchell is aware that what he did was wrong, and that he took away nine months of her life that can never be returned.

Smart spoke for less than a minute with Mitchell in court. The hearing in federal court will close a major legal chapter in the heartbreaking ordeal that stalled for years after Mitchell was declared mentally ill and unfit to stand trial in state court.

Smart previously testified at Mitchell’s trial, but never addressed him directly because he was routinely removed for disrupting the proceedings by singing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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