Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart and her father, Ed Smart, talk to the media in front of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse on May 25, 2011, in Salt Lake City.Elizabeth Smart and her father, Ed Smart, talk to the media in front of the Frank E. Moss Federal Courthouse on May 25, 2011, in Salt Lake City. Jim Urquhart/Associated PressBrian David Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and raping Elizabeth Smart.Brian David Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and raping Elizabeth Smart. Colin E. Braley/Associated Press

Elizabeth Smart was abducted at age 14 from the bedroom she shared with her nine-year-old sister in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was found nine months later.

Smart testified in excruciating detail about waking up in the early hours of June 5, 2002, to the feel of a cold, jagged knife at her throat and being whisked away by Brian David Mitchell to his camp in the foothills near the Smart family home.

Within hours of the kidnapping, she testified, she was stripped of her favourite red pajamas, draped in white, religious robes and forced into a polygamous marriage with Mitchell.

She was tethered to a metal cable strung between two trees and subjected to near-daily rapes while being forced to use alcohol and drugs.

Mitchell was convicted of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for sex and is serving a life sentence in a U.S. prison.