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The board granted Schoenfeld parole in a 2008 decision, but then rescinded its decision.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.

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Comments (7)
  1. Lazybum says:

    Let em go when they are dead.

  2. Scott says:

    I was 15 years old growing up in Pleasanton when this happened. I drove by the place where they were buried just today, and thought about it. Although they all lived they were scared for life. What they did was really terrible, and if I remember they were from good families.
    The fact that it still impacts me to this day tells me he should be very old before he gets out.

    1. Donovan says:

      You know, rape victims and children who were sexually assaulted are also scarred for life, but their perpetrators often are free after a few years.

      I just don’t think our criminal justice system does enough to punish these kinds of predators.

  3. CMV says:

    too many bleeding hearts in California. we should let these pricks rot in prison. but noooo,…..we want them out so that they may become model citizens and train the next generation of criminals and kidnappers.

    1. JaneQPublic says:

      Not all ‘bleeding hearts’ think these kidnappers should EVER be freed….

      You jump to CONFUSION…..

  4. JaneQPublic says:

    As I recall, the children and driver ONLY lived because they managed to escape, NOT because of anything the kidnappers did to ensure they would not be harmed. Had they not escaped, every one of these 27 victims would have died – from thirst, hyperthermia & heatstroke. I count that as 27 potentially murdered people.

    Let the punishment fit the crime: the kidnappers can go free WHEN (and IF) they can escape from THEIR prison.

  5. ACC says:

    Did they mean 2021 release date or a 2012 release date? Either one is unacceptable.

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