Scott Sisters to be Freed
Following pleas from advocates from across the country, two Mississippi sisters serving life sentences for a 1993 robbery that netted $11 will soon walk free. Gov. Haley Barbour on Wednesday issued two orders indefinitely suspending the sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott.
The sisters, who have been in prison the past 16 years, would not have been eligible for parole until 2014.
Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, called it a "courageous move" by the governor as he considers a run for president.
"Normally, a candidate would shy away from that," said Simmons, among a handful of lawmakers who have met with Barbour about releasing the sisters.
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