Convicted at 14-year-old for killing a family member, Kristina Fetters is set to be released from jail after given a parole to treat his terminal cancer, UPI reported Tuesday.
Fetters, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his aunt in 1995, will be a free woman after the decision of the Iowa Parole Board for her compassionate release after being diagnosed with inoperable Stage 4 breast cancer in September.
According to UPI, Fetters' family and friends filed the plea for the release of the dying inmate so she would have better care outside the prison.
Parole found out that Fetters had not showed the qualities of a model prisoner, though the board believed she doesn't pose a threat to the community due to her current condition.
Fetters' doctor said she has been responding well to treatments, though he suggested that outside care would be better for her.
Fetter's Aunt Nancy Olson considered her niece's impending release as the end of a 19-year old tragedy for her family.
"This has been a 19-year-old tragedy for my family," Olson told UPI. "This will bring closure for my family. This will help us all cope a little bit better with the situation."
Liberty Not Absolute
Fetters, who will likely be released in two weeks pending the approval by the 5th Judicial District, was not present at the hearing when the parole was granted. According to Who TV.com, she was accompanied by her mother at prison in Mitchellville during that time.
Despite her release, the Parole Board stressed her liberty was not absolute. If her body responded well to treatment and condition improved, the Board would declare her ineligible for hospital care and her case would be reviewed if she deserves to stay out of prison.
"The Parole Board emphasized the release was to hospice care only, and should Fetters respond to treatment and no longer need hospice, her case would be reviewed. At that point, she could be released or returned to prison."
"Pending approval by the 5th Judicial District, Fetters is expected to be moved to hospice care within two weeks," Who T.V reported.
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