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June 19, 2012  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

1 of Chowchilla kidnappers to be released


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One of the three convicted in the infamous 1976 school bus kidnapping in Chowchilla, Calif., will get out of prison this month, corrections officials said on Friday.

The Contra Costa Times cited an e-mailed statement from the California Department of Corrections, which said that the state Supreme Court decided to not review an appellate court’s ruling that granted Richard Schoenfeld immediate parole.

Schoenfeld, who was in his 20s at the time of the crime, had been scheduled for parole in 2021, but corrections officials said that they are now legally obligated to release him.

To read the full Contra Costa Times story, click here.


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What are we to respect of our lawmakers, or rather lawless makers? If Ed Ray had not been able to help the kids escape, he and all of them would be dead. The effect on all those families by what those men did could have brought even more far-reaching devastation to those families if Ed and the children had died. And those men would have continued to walk among society until they got their precious money by kidnapping again, and maybe getting their money while people died. Schoenfeld, his brother, and Woods meant to commit murder to extort what they thought was so precious, money. None of those men should be paroled. The release of dangerous people back into the public is not a good thing. Just because they have gotten old or older doesn't make them weaker or less mentally or physically threatening.

Robin    |    Apr 02, 2015 03:16 PM

Legally obligated ?? Bullstinky!!!!

Da booslady    |    Jun 20, 2012 11:58 AM

It's sad that Ed Ray, the driver who was the hero not only during this event but long after, recently passed away. At least he didn't have to live to see one of these monsters released.

Rich Ruhl    |    Jun 20, 2012 04:56 AM

Are they completely insane? The man should NEVER be released. no matter what he says, or convinces them of, he is evil. While they are at it, why don't they release the manson family as well? Once he reoffends, then maybe they will get the message, but at what price to the general public?

Brian Ferrell    |    Jun 19, 2012 05:51 PM

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