JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour has suspended the sentence of the so-called "Scott Sisters," clearing the way for them to be released from prison.
Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted of armed robbery back in 1994, and a jury imposed two life sentences.
Governor Barbour says, "the Mississippi Department of Corrections believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society. Their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott's medical condition creates a substantial cost to the state of Mississippi."
Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her. "Gladys Scott's release is conditioned on kidney donation.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections will determine the release date for Jamie and Gladys Scott.
Governor Barbour thanked Representatives Credell Calhoun and George Flaggs, and Senators John Horhn and Willie Simmons for their "leadership" on the issue, and for mayor Charles Evers, who had been in constant contact with the governor and his staff while the sisters' petition was under review.
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