Editor's note: Tune in to see Soledad O'Brien's interview with the Scott sisters on AC360° Friday beginning at 10pm ET.
CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - After 16 years behind bars in Mississippi, two sisters were released Friday on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other.
Gov. Haley Barbour suspended the sentences of Gladys Scott, 36, and Jamie Scott, 38, who were serving life sentences for armed robbery. Gladys agreed to donate a kidney to her sister, who according to their lawyer, is gravely ill.
"I haven't woke up. It's still a dream. It's still a dream to me," said Jamie. "It's been a long, hard road, but we made it."
The freed sisters spoke to reporters in Jackson, Mississippi at a press conference that felt more like a celebration. Cheers erupted as they entered the room and their voices and eyes swelled with emotion as the sisters spoke.
They are heading to Pensacola, Florida, where their mother lives, to remain under the supervision of the Florida Department of Corrections parole office, said Suzanne Singletary, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
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