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    (CNN) -- Two Mississippi sisters who have spent 16 years in prison over an $11 armed robbery will be released with an unusual stipulation -- one must donate a kidney to the other.

    Gov. Haley Barbour, who suspended their sentences, said Wednesday that Gladys Scott, 36, must donate a kidney to her sister, Jamie, 38.

    Each of the "Scott Sisters" got two life sentences after they were convicted by a jury of robbing two people near the town of Forest.

    Although they would be eligible for parole in 2014, the Department of Corrections "believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society" and their incarceration is no longer necessary for rehabilitation, Barbour said in a statement.

    And Jamie Scott's kidney dialysis treatment creates a substantial cost to the state, said Barbour.

    Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher B. Epps, who agreed with the decision to suspend the sentences, said Jamie Scott's three-times-a-week dialysis costs the state about $190,000 a year.

    The announcement pleased the NAACP and other civil rights advocates who have pressed for the sisters' release in rallies and at other forums.

    NAACP President Benjamin Jealous sent a tweet Wednesday night: "Spoke to Governor Barbour today, The Scott Sisters will be freed!!!!"

    "We were pleasantly surprised," said the Scotts' attorney, Chokwe Lumumba, who said Gladys previously offered to make the kidney donation.

    Lumumba contends the sisters were not involved in the robbery and that there were discrepancies in testimony. The convictions and sentences were upheld in 1996 by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

    In 1993, Gladys and Jamie Scott were arrested and charged with leading two men into an ambush in Scott County, according to CNN affiliate WLBT. Court records show the men were robbed by three teenagers who hit them with a shotgun and took their wallets.

    According to The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson, Mississippi, the sisters had pleaded not guilty as accessories but were convicted of armed robbery, while the three accomplices received lesser sentences and since have been released

    "Regardless of what you think of the convictions, they have served more time than they should have served," Lumumba said.

    Both of the sisters would like to go to Florida to be with their mother and their children, but details must be worked out by corrections officials. They are housed in different parts of a prison in Pearl, just outside Jackson.

    It was not clear late Wednesday when the release may occur. Lumumba told CNN it may take about seven days, but Epps said it will be closer to 45 days.

    Mississippi officials will work with counterparts in Florida to ensure certain conditions are met, said Epps, adding the women would then have to report to a Florida probation and parole officer.

    When asked why Barbour made the decision, Lumumba speculated it may due, in part, to possible presidential aspirations. "I think [also] he has a sense of justice."

    Barbour said the state Parole Board reviewed the sisters' request for a pardon and "recommended that I neither pardon them, nor commute their sentence.

    "At my request, the Parole Board subsequently reviewed whether the sisters should be granted an indefinite suspension of sentence, which is tantamount to parole, and have concurred with my decision to suspend their sentences indefinitely."

    The kidney donation "should be scheduled with urgency," Barbour said.

    Lumumba, who called the situation a human rights case, said the dialysis equipment at the prison was sometimes faulty and infections were an issue.

    But Epps said "we have provided quality care" and complications in dialysis sometimes occur. The state spent about $50 million in inmate medical care in 2010, he said.

    Neither of the Scott sisters had a previous record, Lumumba said.

    Epps said each have some rules violations reports while serving in prison, but for nothing serious.

    Two Democratic Mississippi lawmakers who were involved in the case -- state Sen. John Horhn and state Rep. George Flaggs -- told CNN affiliate WLBT that Barbour deserves credit for suspending the sentences. The governor "brought closure to this issue," Flaggs said.

    Lumumba, who said he will press later for pardons, communicated Wednesday evening with Gladys Scott.

    "She was just thrilled, and also happy for her sister."

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    so what happens if the one sister says "on second thought..." and decides NOT to donate the kidney?

    They both go back in?
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Why is the dollar amount even mentioned? These poor girls only got part of an eleven dollar haul? If one, ( or in this case two) is so stupid as to be part of an armed robbery..................................

    One of them was 20 and the other 22 at the time, with kids apparently. (Or were the kids conceived on conjugal visits?) At 4 I knew not to rob or be part of a robbery.

    If a person is only carrying 11 dollars it is probably all they have. Lets hear from the victims and see if they think the sentence should have been lighter. Or if they wish these pieces of shit had gotten more money for their troubles.

    Hopefully they will rob Lamumba or Sharpton, after their pardons of course!
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    Agreed. If you're using a SHOTGUN to, essentially, rob lunch money from somebody you deserve to go away for a very....very.....very.....very long time. And something tells me that those two sisters aren't white. Just a hunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    so what happens if the one sister says "on second thought..." and decides NOT to donate the kidney?

    They both go back in?
    i suppose one goes to prison the other goes into a hole in the ground!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    And something tells me that those two sisters aren't white. Just a hunch.
    What's that have to do with anything?

    And considering this - NAACP President Benjamin Jealous sent a tweet Wednesday night: "Spoke to Governor Barbour today, The Scott Sisters will be freed!!!!" - was in the story, you're a frickin genius figuring that out.

    But to back up a bit - what does that have to do with anything whatsoever?

    For every idiotic conservative talking head who insists that there are no more race issues in the country, that everything's fine and dandy, I bring you MF5150. As long as there are people like him, there are race problems in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrk5150 View Post
    What's that have to do with anything?

    And considering this - NAACP President Benjamin Jealous sent a tweet Wednesday night: "Spoke to Governor Barbour today, The Scott Sisters will be freed!!!!" - was in the story, you're a frickin genius figuring that out.

    But to back up a bit - what does that have to do with anything whatsoever?

    For every idiotic conservative talking head who insists that there are no more race issues in the country, that everything's fine and dandy, I bring you MF5150. As long as there are people like him, there are race problems in the US.
    It has a lot to do with it. The NAACP is only getting involved because they are black. Al Sharpton and the NAACP do more to harm race relations than it does to help them, in my opinion.

    I didn't make the comment based purely on the crime like, "Oh these two people committed a crime so they must be black." Seriously dude. Use your head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrk5150 View Post
    What's that have to do with anything?

    And considering this - NAACP President Benjamin Jealous sent a tweet Wednesday night: "Spoke to Governor Barbour today, The Scott Sisters will be freed!!!!" - was in the story, you're a frickin genius figuring that out.
    But to back up a bit - what does that have to do with anything whatsoever?

    For every idiotic conservative talking head who insists that there are no more race issues in the country, that everything's fine and dandy, I bring you MF5150. As long as there are people like him, there are race problems in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanzefflin View Post
    Why is the dollar amount even mentioned? These poor girls only got part of an eleven dollar haul? If one, ( or in this case two) is so stupid as to be part of an armed robbery..................................

    One of them was 20 and the other 22 at the time, with kids apparently. (Or were the kids conceived on conjugal visits?) At 4 I knew not to rob or be part of a robbery.

    If a person is only carrying 11 dollars it is probably all they have. Lets hear from the victims and see if they think the sentence should have been lighter. Or if they wish these pieces of shit had gotten more money for their troubles.

    Hopefully they will rob Lamumba or Sharpton, after their pardons of course!
    No kidding, the key in armed robbery is the "armed" part, not the amount of money stolen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanzefflin View Post
    Why is the dollar amount even mentioned? These poor girls only got part of an eleven dollar haul? If one, ( or in this case two) is so stupid as to be part of an armed robbery..................................

    One of them was 20 and the other 22 at the time, with kids apparently. (Or were the kids conceived on conjugal visits?) At 4 I knew not to rob or be part of a robbery.

    If a person is only carrying 11 dollars it is probably all they have. Lets hear from the victims and see if they think the sentence should have been lighter. Or if they wish these pieces of shit had gotten more money for their troubles.

    Hopefully they will rob Lamumba or Sharpton, after their pardons of course!

    exactly...they're supposed to be compensated for being INCOMPETENT armed robbers?..."well you only got $11 so we'll let you off on this one....so that you can continue practicing your craft until you get a really big haul....or kill someone in the commission of the crime...then it will be worth putting you away"


    I don't believe armed robbers do credit checks on their victims...that's what makes it such a difficult profession...when you stick a gun in someone's face you never know whether you are going to get enough to manage your monthly IRA contribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrk5150 View Post
    What's that have to do with anything?

    And considering this - NAACP President Benjamin Jealous sent a tweet Wednesday night: "Spoke to Governor Barbour today, The Scott Sisters will be freed!!!!" - was in the story, you're a frickin genius figuring that out.

    But to back up a bit - what does that have to do with anything whatsoever?

    For every idiotic conservative talking head who insists that there are no more race issues in the country, that everything's fine and dandy, I bring you MF5150. As long as there are people like him, there are race problems in the US.
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    Um, MF5150 is Canadian, right?
    don't blame us for him.

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    I'm still looking for something that reveals a prior record on these two women. If this was their first time committing armed robbery, then yes....a life sentence is rather on the harsh side. I'd rather see child molesters, serial murderers and rapists filling those spots (providing of course we cant execute the fuckers first).

    However if Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber are career criminals and this is their umpteenth time pulling this shit, then I say keep em in the klink regardless of the cash stolen.

    Oh and FUCK Sharpton. Worthless attention whore bitch.
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