Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mississippi Governor suspended death sentence on $11 robery but....

JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has suspended the life sentences of two sisters convicted in 1994 for their roles in an armed robbery that netted $11, but one sister's release is contingent on her giving a kidney to the other.

Barbour said Wednesday that Gladys and Jamie Scott are eligible for parole in 2014, but "Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her."

Barbour said Gladys Scott's "release is conditioned on her donating one of her kidneys to her sister."

Barbour said in a news release that he asked the Mississippi Parole Board to review the case and the board agreed with his decision to indefinitely suspend their sentences.

The Scott sisters have received public support from advocacy groups, including the NAACP, which called for their release. A march in support of the Scott sisters drew hundreds earlier this year.

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