Inmate Serving Life Sentence Wants To Be Released From Prison After Momentarily Dying

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa prisoner serving a life sentence says he should be a free man after he became sick, momentarily died when his heart stopped at the hospital, then was revived.

A judge sentenced Benjamin Schreiber to life in prison without parole in 1997 after being convicted of first-degree murder. In 2015, Schreiber developed large kidney stones that eventually led to septic poisoning.

Officials say one day he passed out in his jail cell from his condition and had to be rushed to the hospital. While he was there, his heart stopped and doctors had to resuscitate him five separate times.

Schreiber claims the moment he “died” is the moment he completed his life sentence.

He filed an appeal asking to be released from prison for this reason, but the courts don’t agree with his reasoning.

The Iowa Court of Appeals denied Schreiber’s motion Wednesday. In an opinion, the court cited Iowa law that states “defendants guilty of a Class A Felony must spend the rest of their natural life in prison, regardless of how long that period of time ends up being or any events occurring before the defendant’s life ends.”

Our Question of the Night: Do you think the prisoner should be released?

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