A court in the United States has refused to release a convicted person who claims to have completed his life sentence when he "died" briefly.
66-year-old Benjamin Schreiber was sentenced to life without parole in Iowa for infidelity of a man to death in 1996.
He said his sentence ended when his heart stopped during a medical emergency. four years ago, although it was revived.
But the judges argue that Schreiber's offer – though initial – is "unbearable."  It was said that it was "unlikely" to be dead since he had signed his own legal documents in the case.
In 2015, Schreiber developed septic poisoning as a result of kidney stones. He was to be resuscitated by doctors at the hospital, but was completely recovered and was returned to prison.
In Schreiber's lawsuit filed last year, he said he had been resuscitated against his will and that his brief "death" meant that his life sentence had technically ended.
The district court ruled against Schreiber – decisions his lawyer made in the state court of appeal.
On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court's decision. It added that his sentence would not end until a medical professional officially declared him dead.