Elizabeth Smart kidnapper set for sentencing

By JENNIFER DOBNER | May 25, 2011 | 3:29 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nine years after she was abducted, raped and held captive, Elizabeth Smart is set to publicly confront her kidnapper for the first time.

Smart is expected to address the judge at the sentencing hearing Wednesday for Brian David Mitchell in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.

A federal jury convicted the 57-year-old former street preacher in December of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of having illegal sex.

He faces a possible life sentence for each charge.

Smart testified at Mitchell's trial, but never addressed him directly because he was routinely removed for disrupting the proceedings by singing.

She was just 14 in 2002 when she abducted from her home and forced into a polygamous marriage with Mitchell.