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Parole denied for Woods, 1 of 3 Chowchilla kidnappers

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Prosecutor Linda Dunn of the Madera County District Attorney’s Office represented Madera County before the Board of Parole Hearings before the board denied parole for one of the convicted kidnappers in the Chowchilla school bus hijacking case.

Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz said Thursday that Dunn and another prosecutor, Jill Klinge of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, were able to convince the board that Frederick Woods was still too dangerous to be released into society.

The board on Tuesday denied Woods parole for the next three years. Woods, together with brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, hijacked the school bus full of children, along with the bus driver, from a road near 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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