SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials again rejected parole Tuesday for the last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of children for $5 million ransom more than four decades ago.
State parole officials decided that Frederick Woods, 67, can try again in five years. It’s the 17th time he has been denied release.
The two other men, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, were paroled several years ago.
The three, who were all from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families, kidnapped 26 children and their bus driver near Chowchilla in 1976.
They buried the children and driver in a ventilated underground bunker about 45 miles east of San Francisco, but the victims were able to dig their way out more than a day later.