Breaking: Jury Reaches Verdict in Elizabeth Smart Trial

by the Left Coast Rebel

No sentence of the most excruciating pain possible to a human being would still suffice:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal jury has reached a verdict in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.

The verdict in the case of Brian David Mitchell will be read Friday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.

The jury started deliberating just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The 57-year-old street preacher is on trial for taking Smart from her Utah home at knifepoint and holding her captive for nine months when she was 14. He is charged with kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purposes of illegal sex.

Mitchell's attorney doesn't dispute the facts but says his client's actions were colored by delusional beliefs. He has asked the jury to find Mitchell not guilty by reason of insanity and send him to a prison mental hospital.

Updated: Jury says "Hell No" to the insanity plea, Brian David Mitchell found guilty of kidnapping.

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