A court in the United States has refused to release a convict who argued that he had completed his life sentence when he briefly "died".
In 2015, Schreiber developed septic poisoning as a result of kidney stones.
Per the Iowa Court of Appeals, Schreiber "claims he momentarily died at the hospital, thereby fulfilling his "life" sentence".
After the convicted murderer collapsed in his prison cell in 2015, doctors restarted his heart five times.
A district court disagreed with his argument, and Schreiber took the case to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Register said that Schreiber filed in court that he had a life sentence "but not to life plus one day". "The petitioner's filing of these proceedings in itself confirms the petitioner's current status as living". It's unclear whether Schreiber plans to take the case to a higher court.
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Schreiber was convicted of first-degree murder in 1997.
"Schreiber is either alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is dead, in which case this appeal is moot", Judge Amanda Potterfield wrote. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his crime, which involved bludgeoning a man to death in a plot concocted with the victim's girlfriend at the time, The Washington Post reports.
Shortly before Terry's murder, he, Schreiber, and another woman named Evelyn Tangie had been traveling in a vehicle together.
The axe handle, which Schreiber had allegedly thrown out of a driver's side auto window, was later recovered with "blood and hair" on it, just west of Agency, Iowa, a small town roughly 95 miles southeast of Des Moines.
Schreiber's attorney has not commented on what his client wants to do next.