Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Kidney deal sisters freed from jail

Jamie Scott waves from a vehicle as she and her sister Gladys Scott (behind) leave the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (AP)
Jamie Scott is on dialysis (AP)

Two jailed sisters whose life sentences were suspended on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other have been released from a US prison.

Jamie and Gladys Scott waved to reporters as they left the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in a car after serving 16 years of their sentence.

They are moving to Florida, where their mother and grown-up children live.

Jamie, 36, is on dialysis, which officials say costs the state about 200,000 dollars (£130,000) a year.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour agreed to release her because of her medical condition. But 38-year-old Gladys's release order says she must donate the kidney within one year.

The idea to donate the kidney was Gladys's, and she volunteered to do it in her petition for early release.

The pair had been convicted of taking part in a robbery which for 11 dollars (£7).

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