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Former Iowa Inmate Convicted in Killing Dies

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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.