The Chowchilla school bus kidnapper released from prison Wednesday is living with his mother in Mountain View, the city's mayor said in a statement Friday.
Richard Schoenfeld, who along with his brother, James Schoenfeld, and friend Frederick Woods, kidnapped 26 kids and the driver, Ed Ray, from their bus and buried them alive in a van inside a Livermore rock quarry, had been in prison since 1978. All 27 victims escaped.
The 57-year-old Schoenfeld, who will wear a GPS monitor 24 hours a day, was ordered earlier this month to be released, authorities said.
"The state and the courts have determined Mr. Schoenfeld no longer poses a threat to society," Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak said in a statement. "I am confident of our police department and know they will appropriately monitor him to ensure the safety of our community."
Acting Police Chief Mike Hamlin said in a news release that Mountain View police were in communication with parole agents for the past week in preparation for Schoenfeld's release.
"The MVPD will continue to work closely with parole in monitoring Schoenfeld to ensure the safety of our community members," Hamlin said in a statement.
Schoenfeld is a high profile parolee due to the notoriety of his crime, but he is not considered a high-risk offender by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Richard Schoenfeld was scheduled to be paroled in November 2021, based on the
But Schoenfeld argued for an immediate release, and in March, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in his favor. The state Supreme Court declined earlier this month to review the case, clearing the way for Richard Schoenfeld's release.
Richard and James Schoenfield and Wood were in their early- to mid-20s when they took over the bus carrying kids from Dairyland Union School in Chowchilla, a small farm community about 35 miles northwest of Fresno in Madera County, on July 15, 1976. They camouflaged the bus, left it in a creekbed, then drove the children and Ray to the California Rock and Gravel Quarry in Livermore, where they put them in a van buried in a cave.