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Release Date Set For Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapper

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Investigators at a Livermore quarry where kidnapped Chowchilla schoolchildren were buried, July, 1976. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – California’s parole board has granted parole for one of three people convicted of hijacking a Chowchilla school bus and holding 26 children and their driver captive underground in 1976.

The board set a 2021 parole date on Tuesday.

Parole board spokesman Luis Patino said that any governor in the next 10 years can ask the board to reconsider its decision to set a release date for Richard Allen Schoenfeld.

The board granted Schoenfeld parole in a 2008 decision, but then rescinded its decision. It reconsidered again at a Tuesday hearing.

Schoenfeld had asked the state Supreme Court to grant him parole.

The captives all escaped without serious injuries.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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