Parole Recommended For Killer Dying Of Cancer

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An inmate who was once the youngest lifer in Iowa's correctional system has cancer and wants to die outside prison walls.

A Polk County judge has re-sentenced Kristina Fetters and is recommending parole. If paroled, Fetters would be the first Iowa inmate sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile to be released after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The high court said life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for juveniles.

A jury convicted Fetters of killing her great-aunt, Arlene Klehm, in 1995. Klehm died after Fetters hit her on the head with an iron skillet and stabbed her at least five times.

Fetters was 15 when she entered prison and is now 33. Her attorney says Fetters' breast cancer has spread to her bones.

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