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Dying inmate paroled to hospice despite life sentence for murder

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A dying inmate who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murdering a relative as a teenager will be paroled so that she can enter hospice care for breast cancer, The Associated Press reported on Dec. 3.

The Iowa Board of Parole granted the dying inmate, Kristina Fetters, 33, a compassionate release because of her terminal breast cancer diagnosis. Fetters was convicted of murdering her great aunt in 1995 at age 15 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

But Fetters is said to now be dying of stage four breast cancer, with which she was diagnosed in September, UPI reported. The dying inmate’s family and friends had pleaded with the parole board to let her get treatment outside of prison.

The parole board agreed to release the dying inmate into hospice care. If Fetters’ condition improves and she no longer needs hospice, the parole board will review her case and either release her or return her to prison.

The dying inmate becomes the first prisoner in Iowa who had been sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile to be released in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling last year that said that life sentences without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional, according to the AP.

Despite her release to hospice, the dying inmate will not enjoy complete freedom, the Inquisitr reported. It said that Fred Scaletta, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections, said that Fetters will have “intense supervision” and regular contact by a parole officer.

The dying inmate is expected to be transferred to hospice within the next two weeks.

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