SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys for a former street preacher sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and raping Elizabeth Smart are asking for an extra 30 days to decide whether to appeal.
U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball sentenced Brian David Mitchell on May 25 to two life sentences without parole. Federal defenders Steven Killpack and Scott Wilson on Monday sought the appeal extension. The motion says Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Hagen is not objecting to the extension.
It would give Mitchell's attorneys until July 11 to file a notice of appeal.
A federal jury in December unanimously convicted the 57-year-old of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for sex. Smart was just 14 when she was taken at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City bedroom in 2002.