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Chowchilla kidnapper’s parole appealed

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Madera County DA pleased with state AG's decision

The state Attorney General has appealed a February appellate court ruling that one of three men involved in the 1976 Chowchilla school bus kidnapping should be paroled, the Madera County District Attorney said.

The appeal was filed Monday in California Supreme Court on the grounds that the 1st District Court of Appeal incorrectly interpreted the law governing the release of Robert Schoenfeld, DA Michael Keitz said.

“I am pleased that an appeal has been filed to challenge the actions of the appellate court in ordering the release of Mr. Schoenfeld,” Keitz said.

Schoenfeld, now 57, together with his brother James Schoenfeld and Frederick Woods, kidnapped a school bus full of children and the bus driver from Dairyland Union School in Chowchilla on July 15, 1976, and buried them alive in a rock quarry near Livermore. The trio demanded a $5 million ransom for the return of the victims, who ultimately escaped their captors...


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