Court Rules Iowa Inmate Who Briefly Died Did Not Fulfill His Life Sentence

An Iowa inmate's rather clever attempt to get out of jail was shot down by a court this week when it was ruled that his proverbial near-death experience did not fulfill his life sentence. Benjamin Schreiber was reportedly convicted of first-degree murder back in 1997 and, in turn, received a life sentence for the crime. However, his time behind bars took an odd turn four years ago when he developed septic poisoning from kidney stones and had to be rushed to the hospital.

During the medical emergency, Schreiber's heart stopped five times and, for a few brief moments, he was essentially dead. Despite his family giving orders not to resuscitate him, quick-thinking doctors at the hospital managed to revive the convicted killer, treated him for the kidney stones, and sent him back to prison. However, in light of what had happened to him at the hospital, Schreiber subsequently argued that he had technically died and, therefore, had completed his life sentence.

More on this weird story, including what a judge had to say about his argument, at the Coast to Coast AM website.