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US missionary convicted in Haiti but free to go

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A Haitian court has convicted Boise missionary Laura Silsby of arranging to transport 33 children out of the country following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

But the judge has sentenced her to time served in jail, and she is free to leave the country.

The Idaho woman got the news during a court hearing Monday.

The 40-year-old has been in custody since Jan. 29. She and nine other Americans were detained at the Dominican border. The other missionaries have all been released and charges against them dismissed.

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