The Guardian, a website that publishes news about lifestyle and crime, reported in an article that an Iowa prisoner who was serving a life sentence argued that he already served his life sentence after he died momentarily in the hospital.
According to a report, the prisoner is named Benjamin Schreiber. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1996 after he killed a man with the handle of a pickax and left his cold body outside a trailer. Schreiber was also found guilty of conspiring with the man’s girlfriend to murder him. However, the murderer developed severe health complications from kidney stones and he immediately went into septic shock.
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From there, the man lost consciousness in his cell and he was taken to the hospital. When he was rushed into the hospital, he momentarily died while the doctors were attending to him. He was revived using a combination of epinephrine and adrenaline. Aside from that, his sepsis was also treated, and the doctors ordered him to be sent back to jail.
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However, when his attorney heard the news, they decided that his momentary death meant that his life sentence became more complicated than it used to be. His lawyers believe that his return to his prison cell was illegal and Schreiber claims that he was revived against his wishes.
They argued to the lower court, who said that their argument was “unpersuasive and without merit.” Schreiber took the issue into the higher court but they were still not convinced.
“We do not believe the legislature intended this provision, which defines the sentences for the most serious class of felonies under Iowa law and imposes its ‘harshest penalty’... to set criminal defendants free whenever medical procedures during their incarceration lead to their resuscitation by medical professionals,” Justice Amanda Potterfield wrote in a statement.