County disputes Barzee medical bill from state

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County is balking at a bill from the state to pay for convicted kidnapper Wanda Barzee's stay at the Utah State Hospital.

County Councilman Jim Bradley says there is a lot to discuss before the county agrees to cover the $52,470 that the state says it's owed for the time Barzee stayed at the hospital after she was declared competent to stand trial.

Barzee and her estranged husband were charged with kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002. Barzee pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a charge of conspiracy in the attempted abduction of Smart's cousin.

She was sentenced last month to two terms of up to 15 years in prison last month in back-to-back hearings in state and federal court.

She also agreed to testify in against her now-estranged husband, Brian David Mitchell.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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