Tonight on 360°, you'll hear from the two sisters who spent 16 years behind bars in Mississippi for an armed robbery that netted as little as $11. They were released today with the unusual stipulation that one must donate a kidney to the other.
Gladys Scott, 36, and Jamie Scott, 38, were serving a life sentence for leading two men into an ambush in Scott County in 1993, where the men were robbed by three teenagers who took their wallets.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson, Mississippi, the sisters were convicted of armed robbery the next year, while the three accomplices received lesser sentences and were released from jail years ago. The Scott sisters have denied any role in the crime. However, their convictions were upheld in 1996 by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
The sisters were freed today because Gov. Haley Barbour suspended their sentences, saying that one must donate a kidney to the other. He cited the expensive cost of dialysis for Jamie. According to a corrections official that price tag is $190,000 a year.
The Scott sisters attorney said they still want a pardon from the state.
"We're not going to lay down the guns. We are going to keep fighting in order to get them totally exonerated," said Chokwe Lumumba.
Although, the main focus right now is getting Jamie a new kidney.
Lumumba said she’s in "bad shape" and needs a transplant right away.
However, tests need to be done to see if Gladys' kidney is a compatible match for Jamie.
"I want to give my sister... a chance to walk out that prison door and I want to give her a chance now because the fight is not over. We have to fight for this pardon and I want her healthy," said Gladys Scott at today's news conference when they were released from prison.
Soledad O'Brien talked with both women just a couple of hours ago. Don't miss that interview tonight on the program. We'll also dig into the ethical questions about the governor's deal. There are laws in place to prevent coercion and rewards for organ donations.
Also tonight, the mail scare at a D.C. postal facility. A package sent to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ignited this afternoon. No one was hurt. Police said it was "similar in nature" to devices that ignited Thursday at two Maryland state offices.
Who is behind these packages? We'll have the latest on the investigation.
And our cold case series continues with a look at the JonBenet Ramsey murder. The six-year-old girl’s death on Christmas night in 1996 created a media firestorm. A lot of people pointed fingers at her parents. We'll have the latest on the case.
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