The Ottumwa Courier

December 3, 2013

Board grants parole to terminally ill Iowa inmate


Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Parole Board has granted some freedom to a dying inmate who was 15 when she entered prison.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/18AqdNf ) the board granted parole Tuesday to 33-year-old Kristina Fetters. She will be released to a hospice facility.

A jury convicted Fetters of first-degree murder in 1995 in the death of her great-aunt, Arlene Klehm. Fetters' attorney says her client has inoperable Stage 4 breast cancer and wants to die outside prison walls.

A Polk County judge recently resentenced Fetters and recommended parole. The board's decision means Fetters is the first Iowa inmate sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile to be released after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The high court said life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for juveniles.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com