A dying inmate has been granted parole despite being sentenced to life in prison without parole more than a decade ago. Kristina Fetters is 33 years old today, however, she was only 15 years old when she was sentenced to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Fetters won't spend the rest of her life in prison now that her parole has been granted.
According to a Dec. 3, 2013 report by Inquisitr, the Iowa parole board made their decision based on a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that said it was unconstitutional for juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The Iowa parole board felt that the dying inmate's condition made her unlikely to be a public threat.
Although Fetters has been spared her life sentence in prison, she will be moved to a local hospice center within two weeks, where she is expected to die from breast cancer. While living at the hospice center, she will be monitored and remain in contact with a parole officer.
Inquisitr reported that "Fred Scaletta, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Corrections, said the parole board’s decision orders the dying inmate to be transferred to hospice and to remain there until her condition changes." That means she could theoretically return to prison if her condition dramatically improves.
While some people are praising the Iowa parole board's decision to release the dying inmate, others point out that she committed a violent crime and say she should die behind bars as she was sentenced back in 1995 when she was found guilty of beating and stabbing her great aunt to death.