Benjamin Edward Schreiber, 66, has emerged after dying in 2015.
Yes, you heard that right. A convicted murderer who is currently serving life imprisonment claimed that he died when his heart stopped for a moment in 2015 while he was serving his jail sentence.
But a judge ruled against his plea and ruled out that this man must remain behind bars despite his claim.
“Benjamin ‘Edward Schreiber’, 66, is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is dead, in which case this appeal is moot,’ a judge in Iowa ruled on Wednesday.
In 1966, Schreiber was found guilty of first-degree murder, which led to the death of John Terry and was then sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
In March 2015, Schreiber developed large kidney stones and was hospitalized after septic poisoning that caused him to pass out in his cell at the ‘Iowa State Penitentiary.’
Following this poisoning, he was rushed to a hospital where his heart had to be restarted five times by the medical staff in spite of a ‘do not resuscitate’ order
Schreiber had to go through surgery to repair the damage to his kidneys and was then treated for the septic shock, where he was given many antibiotics that helped him recover very soon.
He applied in April 2018 for post-conviction relief, where he claimed that he technically died when his heart stopped. So as per his earlier death, his life imprisonment is served completely, and he should be released from the prison with no charges on his head.
Schreiber debated in the filings that he was sentenced to life without parole, ‘but not to life plus one day.’
Schreiber’s claim was rejected by the district court as ‘unpersuasive and without merit.’
Judge Amanda Potterfield, of the Iowa Court of Appeals, upheld the lower court in an opinion issued on Wednesday.
Currently, Schreiber is being held for the rest of his natural life at the Iowa State Penitentiary.