A dying inmate is set to be released to Hospice, in a Hospice care only parole. Kristina Fetters was convicted of the 1995 murder of her great aunt was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now that she’s dying of breast cancer, her parole will now be granted for Hospice care after lengthy consideration, according to UPI.com on Dec. 3.
She was just 14 when she was convicted of murder. The Iowa Parole Board has ordered a “compassionate” release for Fetters who is diagnosed with inoperable stage four breast cancer.
The parole board heard from Fetter’s family and friends who pleaded with them to let her go and get the comfort and care that Hospice offers. The parole board needed to decide if Fetter would get better treatment outside of the prison system than inside the prison system. The board also had to decide if she would be a threat to society if released on parole.
Even though Fetter has not been a model prison, the board felt that due to her illness she wouldn’t pose a threat to society. A doctor told the board that she was responding to treatment inside the prison, but outside care would “be more effective.”
If Fetter responded to treatment and got better, her case would be reviewed ant at that point she could be released or returned to prison. Fetter will be moved to Hospice within the next two weeks.