Iowa Man Serving Murder Sentence Says He Died, Should Be Released
The man above is 66-year-old Benjamin Schreiber. He's been in prison since 1996 after he was charged, and eventually convicted, of clubbing 39-year-old John D. Terry to death in Agency, Iowa. Schreiber and Terry's girlfriend had apparently planned the man's killing.
In late March of 2015, Schreiber had kidney stones that got so big that, according to court records, they "caused him to urinate internally." That led to septic poisoning that caused him to become unconscious. Schreiber was taken to the hospital where his heart was restarted five times.
Last year, Schreiber filed to be released, saying he'd fulfilled his "life in prison" sentencing because he believed he'd technically died, if only for a short time.
Wednesday, November 6, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Schreiber would stay in prison. In Judge Amanda Potterfield's ruling, she said,
Schreiber is either alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is dead, in which case this appeal is moot.
Benjamin Schreiber continues to be held at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.