30 Dec 2010

Parole linked to kidney donation

9:02 pm on 30 December 2010

Two sisters jailed for life in the United States in 1994 are to be released - one of them on condition she donates a kidney to the other.

Gladys and Jamie Scott are eligible for parole in 2014 but the governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour has suspended their sentences.

The two sisters were convicted of taking part in a robbery which netted them a mere $11 reports the BBC.

Jamie, 38, who requires daily dialysis, and Gladys, 36, are serving life sentences.

Their lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, hailed the Governor's decision as a victory saying Gladys had volunteered the donation.

Mr Barbour, a Republican, will agree the indefinite suspension of their sentences, which can be reversed if terms are broken.