A US court has refused to release a convict who argued that he had completed his life sentence when he briefly “died” but was revived back to life.
The 66 years old suspect Benjamin Schreiber, was sentenced to life without parole in Iowa for bludgeoning a man to death in 1996.
He said his sentence ended when his heart stopped during a medical emergency four years ago, even though he was revived.
The judges said Schreiber’s bid – while original – was “unpersuasive”. The district court had earlier ruled against Schreiber – the ruling prompted his lawyer to take the matter to state’s court of appeal
On Wednesday, the appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling. It added that his sentence would not end until a medical examiner formally declares him dead.
They said that it was “unlikely” to be dead, as he had signed his own legal documents in the case.
In 2015, Schreiber developed septic poisoning as a result of kidney stones. He had to be resuscitated by doctors in hospital, but fully recovered and was returned to prison.
In Schreiber’s claim, filed last year, he said that he had been resuscitated against his will, and that his brief “death” meant that his life sentence had technically ended.