JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - After Gladys and Jamie Scott made it through the throng of reporters and cameras to the front table at Jackson's Masonic Lodge, they said they hold no bitterness.
"They have to pay for their actions in putting me and my sister in prison for a crime we did not commit," Jamie said.
The best day of their lives in 16 years began early Friday morning when they were driven from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, their double life sentences suspended. One of the conditions of their probation is that Gladys donate a kidney to Jamie, who is in kidney failure.
"I told her I wanted to donate my kidney. I want her to live a normal life," said Gladys.
"My sister's been saying all day, you don't look like you're well. I haven't woken up. It's still a dream, still a dream to me," Jamie said.
Although the grassroots effort to free them began several years ago, the sisters' attorney, Chokwe Lumumba, says he kicked it up a notch in the past few months and weeks, amid the buzz that Governor Haley Barbour would make a presidential bid. Governor Barbour facilitated their release just last week.
"We certainly was aware that somebody was running for president, somebody couldn't take the luggage or baggage he had in the state of Mississippi," Lumumba said.
There wasn't much love for Governor Barbour in the room, but Jamie Scott thanked him by name, and thanked other supporters.
"I want to thank everyone who helped. Even if you just colored a poster, I want to thank you," Jamie said.
Jamie has dialysis scheduled for early Saturday morning in Pensacola, Florida, where her mother lives. That's where they will be greeted by their children and grandchildren.
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