If you live in California, please e-mail the Govenator and beg him to over-turn this decision!!!!!

Chowchilla bus hijacker approved for parole

3:08 p.m. November 1, 2008
CHOWCHILLA One of three men who helped kidnap a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren more than 30 years ago has been deemed suitable for parole.

But a state parole official says 54-year-old Richard Schoenfeld won't be released from a San Luis Obispo prison any time soon because the governor could modify Thursday's decision by a Board of Parole Hearings panel.

Schoenfeld, his brother James Schoenfeld and Frederick Newhall Woods are serving life prison sentences for the July 1976 crime.

The men commandeered a bus carrying 26 children near Chowchilla, took them to a quarry near Livermore and placed them in buried furniture van. The hostages spent about 16 hours there before they escaped.