During her months in captivity, Smart said Barzee sat nearby and encouraged Mitchell as he raped the teenager.
Barzee has served the 15-year sentence she got in a plea deal the year she testified against street preacher Mitchell, her then-husband who kidnapped the 14-year-old girl from her bedroom at knifepoint, forced her into a polygamous "marriage" and raped her nearly daily.
"So, do I believe that she is unsafe?" she continued.
Like Smart, Mace is alarmed by the surprise announcement this week by Utah authorities, who said they had miscalculated her aunt's sentence and would release her from prison on Wednesday. "But she, in her own right, abused me as much as he did". She called me her handmaiden. "She never hesitated to let her displeasure with me be known". On Tuesday, the board decided that she had served her full sentence allowed under the law. "And yes, it was a big shock".
Barzee's lawyer Scott Williams has maintained she's not a threat. "I am a Christian", Smart said. She also urged authorities to reconsider the process for release decisions to put greater weight on potential threat along with time served. Mitchell enlisted the help of his wife, Wanda Barzee, to keep Smart from escaping.
Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom at knifepoint by street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who came in through an open kitchen window.
The girl was found while walking with Barzee and Mitchell on a street in the suburb of Sandy, Utah, by people who recognized the couple from media reports.
Mitchell, a self-described prophet who insisted he was called "Emmanuel", was handed down a life sentence without the possibility of parole after the defense's plea of insanity was struck down.
This provided by Utah State Prison shows Wanda Barzee. She will be under federal supervision for five years after her release from prison.
Smart, now a 30-year-old mother, speaker and activist, said she's deeply concerned that Barzee remains a threat, citing her refusal to cooperate with mental health treatment in prison and reports that she may still harbor Mitchell's beliefs.
Smart, now married with two children of her own, has become a fierce advocate for child safety.
"I'm just glad she nailed Brian because he knew what he was doing", Mace said. The parole board stated it had to count Barzee's time served in federal prison toward her state sentence. Smart was raped nearly daily and treated like an animal.
Barzee's testimony against him seemed like a turning point, but her mental state appears to have changed in her subsequent years in federal and state prisons, Mace said.
Tolman was previously the U.S. Attorney for Utah who prosecuted Mitchell, and is now in private practice.
Barzee's family could also request a possible civil commitment to a mental-health facility, if that's warranted, he said.