Board Grants Parole To Terminally Ill Inmate

Kristina Fetters, as seen in this September 2005 photo at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in September 2005. (Jim Slosiarek/KCRG-TV9)

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By Richard Pratt

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 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 his 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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