Haley Barbour to order release of sisters sentenced to life for $11 theft

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Mississippi’s governor has agreed to free two sisters who served 16 years of a double life sentence for an armed robbery in which nobody was hurt and $11 was stolen.

Governor Haley Barbour said in a statement on Wednesday he was suspending indefinitely the sentences of Gladys and Jamie Scott in a case that has drawn national attention.

A condition of Gladys Scott’s release is that she donate a kidney to her sister in an operation that should be performed urgently, the statement said, adding that Gladys had agreed to be a kidney donor for her sister, who requires dialysis.

Full story: Mississippi to free 2 jailed for life for $11 robbery