Long Island Shoplifter Leaves Hospice, Back to Jail

Diane McCloud was released earlier this month when a doctor said she was near death

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 4:05 PM EDT
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Long Island Shoplifter Leaves Hospice, Back to Jail

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A New York judge who released a convicted shoplifter to die in a hospice has ordered the woman back to jail.

Nassau County Judge Francis Ricigliano received information Tuesday from the Long Island hospice that Diane McCloud could live another six months.

Earlier this month, a doctor had indicated the 48-year-old was near death.

McCloud made headlines last year when she was released from jail to pursue a heart transplant. She lost that chance when she was arrested again after shoplifting at three drugstores.

She was again freed from the county jail this month to enter the hospice.

Her attorney said Tuesday that McCloud's family is pleased the woman's condition has improved.

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