A dying inmate from Iowa will have her parole granted, despite being found guilty of killing a close family member over 15 years ago. The woman was sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance of parole as a 15-year-old girl for the terrible crime, but was recently granted parole based on a new Supreme Court law change, the Inquisitr shares this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
The dying inmate is Kristina Fetters, who is now 33 years old. She was granted official parole by the Iowa parole board following a groundbreaking decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 stating that it was unconstitutional to sentence any juveniles to a term of life in prison without parole.
Ms. Fetters now stands as the first Iowa inmate ever to have been initially found guilty and sentenced to life in prison to now have had her sentence revoked. The parole board’s decision has deemed that the 33-year-old dying inmate be immediately moved to a local hospice center, staying there until her serious condition makes a "significant change."
During this time, adds a spokesperson for the Iowa Board of Corrections, the dying inmate will be closely monitored, and “be under intense supervision, including frequent contact from a parole officer.”
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“The parole board always looks at public safety. Considering her medical condition, she is not really a threat to public safety,” concluded the spokesperson.
It is known that the 33-year-old convicted killer is now suffering from late-stage breast cancer. She is estimated to be transferred to the hospice center in under two weeks.
Fetters was only 15 years old at the time when the dying inmate was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance for parole back in 1995 for brutally beating and then stabbing a family member to death: her great-aunt, Ms. Arlene Klehm. Some of the woman’s supporters claim that the woman had a very difficult and mentally unstable childhood, leading to the emotional problems that resulted in the shocking killing.