DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa inmate who was sentenced to life in prison has died less than a year being granted compassionate release because she was dying.
Friends and family members told The Des Moines Register that Kristina Fetters died Sunday.
Fetters was diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer last September, when she was imprisoned at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.
The 34-year-old had been living at a Des Moines hospice facility since her release in December.
Fetters was 15 when she entered prison for a 1995 first-degree murder conviction in the death of her great-aunt in 1994.
She was the first Iowa juvenile sentenced to life in prison to be released after the Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional for juveniles not to have a chance at parole.