- Benjamin Schreiber was imprisoned for life in 1996 but now claims his term is over after he died momentarily
- He had suffered from kidney stones in 2015 and had fallen unconscious before being revived by doctors
- He claimed his term ended after 'dying' and demanded his release
Benjamin Schreiber, a 66-year-old man serving a life term in a United States-based prison, left a court puzzled after claiming he died then arose, thereby completing his life sentence.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the inmate was demanding release from prison because in 2015, after suffering from kidney stones, he briefly died before the doctors revived him back to life.
According to The Guardian, the prisoner told the court that his temporal death marked the end of his sentence since he was now living anew and he should, therefore, be released to live his 'second' life.
" His momentary death meant he had completed his sentence and his return to prison is illegal," his lawyer said.
Schreiber also said he was resuscitated by the doctors against his will.
The court, nonetheless, rubbished his argument and termed it unpersuasive enough to warrant his release from jail.
"The inmate is still alive, which means he should remain in prison unless he is actually dead," a judge said.
It is still unclear whether Schreiber will appeal concerning the decision by the court.
The man was imprisoned in 1996 for first-degree murder.
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