Judge Approves Convict’s Request For Release To Hospice Care

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York woman who lost her chance for a life-saving heart transplant by continuing to commit crimes is being permitted to spend her dying days in hospice care.

Nassau District Court Judge Francis Ricigliano ruled Tuesday that Diane McCloud can be released from jail. McCloud’s lawyer told the judge the woman has only weeks to live. A physician later confirmed that was the case.

The judge had freed the 48-year-old woman in January 2011 so she could apply for a transplant waiting list. But the woman was arrested again for shoplifting. She pleaded guilty to petty larceny.

Ricigliano resentenced her to the 15 months he had forgiven and added a year for the new charges.

Attorney Leonard Isaacs said McCloud is no longer transplant eligible.

“Since she’s not eligible for a heart transplant any longer, it’s just for palliative care, so she’s not suffering,” he said.

What do you think of McCloud’s early release? leave your comments below…

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    She should have never been let out in the first place. She was convicted and should have been serving her time. If she died in jail so be it. You don’t reward criminal behavior (real criminal behavior) with special medical treatment and privileges. She needs to be returned to jail and serve her time.

  • RoyAllen

    Check back in a few months, she will still be kicking, The Lockerbie bomber had terminal cancer 3 years ago,and he’s still alive and free,thanks to another Liberal Judge+

  • lkulkliyu

    typical ni$$er behavior, no story here

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I am broken hearted this career criminal will die free when she should die in a cold prison ward

  • Thief of hearts

    Lets see who she robs on her death bed if that truly is the case.Lets see in a month if she is still around does she go back to prison

  • Nick

    Why was she even considered for a heart transplant??? Career social parasites should never be allowed on any organ transplant list. This includes politicians.

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