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Monday 29 May 2017

Jailed sisters freed after agreeing to kidney op

Jamie (front) and Gladys Scott wave as they leave prison. Photo: AP
Jamie (front) and Gladys Scott wave as they leave prison. Photo: AP

Ian Scott in New York

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

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

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

Jamie (36) is on dialysis, which officials say costs the state about $200,000 (€155,000) a year.

The release order for Gladys says she must donate one of her kidneys to her sister within one year.

Gladys (38) volunteered to donate her kidney in her petition for early release.

The sisters were convicted of taking part in a robbery that brought just $11 (€8.50).

Irish Independent

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