Saturday 24 February 2018

Jailed thief refused transplant

A woman who was freed from jail so she could try to get on a heart transplant waiting list is back in prison
A woman who was freed from jail so she could try to get on a heart transplant waiting list is back in prison

A woman who lost her chance for a life-saving heart transplant by continuing to commit crimes has been sentenced to more than two years in jail by a New York judge.

A judge had freed Diane McCloud in January so she could try to get on the transplant waiting list.

Long Island prosecutors say McCloud stole from three pharmacies after her release. She pleaded guilty to petty larceny charges last month.

Nassau District Court Judge Francis Ricigliano resentenced her to the original 15 months and added another year for the new charges.

Ms McCloud's lawyer, Leonard Isaacs, said he had hoped for "a much better outcome".

He added Ms McCloud's doctor told him the medicine that keeps her heart pumping will eventually stop working.

Press Association

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