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Rick Schoenfeld, who was one of the kidnappers from the 1976 Chowchilla school bus incident, has been released from prison.

June 21, 2012 11:54:53 AM PDT
The ABC7 News I-Team has confirmed that one of the kidnappers from the 1976 Chowchilla school bus incident has been released from prison. 57-year-old Rick Schoenfeld left California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo late last night. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirms Schoenfeld's been paroled to the Bay Area; he has family on the Peninsula.

Schoenfeld, his brother and another accomplice kidnapped 26 children from a school bus and the driver, on a remote Chowchilla road in 1976. They took the victims to a Livermore quarry and ordered them into a moving van the kidnappers had buried. After 16 hours, the bus driver and the children were able to dig themselves out and find help. Schoenfeld was unable to call in his $5 million ransom demand, before the victims freed themselves.

The I-Team's Dan Noyes has spoken with several of the victims who are now adults. Dan will have the story coming on a special edition of ABC7 News at 5 before the NBA Playoffs.


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