A US court refused to release a convicted person who claimed to have completed his life sentence when he briefly "died."
Benjamin Schreiber, 66, was sentenced to life without parole in Iowa for struck a man in 1996 to death.
His sentence ended when his heart came to a standstill during a medical emergency four years ago, though it was revived.
However, the judges said that Schreiber's offer – though it was original – was "unconvincing."  They said it was "unlikely" that he was dead because he had signed his own legal documents in the case.
In 2015, Schreiber developed a septic poisoning due to kidney stones. He had to be resuscitated by doctors in the hospital, but recovered completely and was returned to prison.
In Schreiber's lawsuit filed last year, he said he had been revived against his will and that his brief "death" meant that his life sentence was technically ended.
The district court ruled against Schreiber – a decision his lawyer made at the state appeals court.
On Wednesday, the appellate court upheld the decision of the lower court. It added that his sentence would not end until a medical examiner officially declared him dead.