Iowas inmate, convicted of first-degree murder in 1997 and sentenced to life died. Momentarily. He died instantly. But that raises a question.
Question- As he was dead momentarily, did he serve his life sentence?
Answer- An obvious no but Benjamin Schreiber may not be pleased with this decision by the court.
But he persists in claiming that the said life sentence was served the second he died. Being alive should not be the criteria because technically, he died.
He now claims still being imprisoned is against the law and that he has every right to be a free man. Does he though?
The claims were denied by the district court as well as the lower court of the state of Iowa. It is unknown if he is planning to go to the supreme court.
The judge said that if he is dead, he has served his life sentence, but is alive, he has to serve for the rest of his natural life. An argument that makes sense and has a lot of merit to it. Schreiber is (surprise!) upset by the ruling.
There is no news on him wanting to take the matter to the supreme court (who will also deny his claims, probably) but there will be no shock if he does forward his case.
Life as an inmate is tight and in traumatic in numbers more than believable. One surely dreams of the day they are free, even if freedom means death. Death is considered to be their mercy. It helps understand his claim and want and possibly need to be a free man, but the fact that he did murder someone does not just vanish.
A crime committed, a sentence decided. The verdict, the punishment can not run away from, Schriber. You’re in for as long as you’re alive.