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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elizabeth Smart leaves court after Brian David Mitchell received a life sentence Wednesday, May 25, 2011.
Photo Gallery: Life in prison for Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper
First Published May 25 2011 02:39 pm • Last Updated May 25 2011 10:35 pm

Read The Salt Lake Tribune’s transcript of the sentencing hearing at http://tinyurl.com/3uohbdk

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Read previous coverage of the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial, including her testimony.


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Homeless street preacher Brian David Mitchell will spend life behind bars for kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002 to make the girl a plural wife.

U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball handed down the prison sentence Wednesday after hearing attorneys debate what type of sentence the 57-year-old should receive and testimony from the now 23-year-old Smart herself.

In handing down the life term, Kimball said the crime was "an unusually heinous and degrading set of circumstances. A life sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime."

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