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Children's kidnapper released from Calif. prison

Posted: June 23, 2012 1:18 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2012 1:18 p.m.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - One of three men who kidnapped a busload of California school children in 1976 is now living with his mother in a San Francisco suburb after being released from prison.

Police say Richard Allen Schoenfeld was taken to Mountain View on Wednesday following his release after more than 35 years.

Schoenfeld's mother, Merry, confirmed that he was staying with her.

Schoenfeld, his brother, James, and a friend, Fred Woods, were convicted of kidnapping 26 school students and their bus driver and burying them alive in a van inside a rock quarry.

All escaped unhurt.

An appeals court ordered Richard Schoenfeld be released from prison, ruling that the Board of Parole Hearings had unfairly set his parole date for 2021.

James Schoenfeld and Woods have parole hearings later this year.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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