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Before I get to Fun Friday, here’s some breaking news: Brian David Mitchell, an excommunicated Mormon who had claimed to be a prophet, has been found guilty in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping/rape trial. He could face life in prison when sentenced in late May.

Street preacher guilty of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart (Reuters)

The Salt Lake Tribune has done a great job covering the trial, including providing transcripts online, so check out the newspaper’s site for the whole story.

Presumably, Smart, 23, will now return to France, where she has been serving on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission. (Not a bad place to get her life back, after this ordeal… Incidentally, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had also served his mission in France.) When her two-year mission is completed, she reportedly plans to complete her music studies at Brigham Young University.

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