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Children's kidnapper released from Calif. prison

Associated Press Modified: June 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm •  Published: June 23, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — One of three men who kidnapped a busload of California school children in 1976 is now living with his mother in a San Francisco suburb after being released from prison.

Richard Allen Schoenfeld was taken to Mountain View on Wednesday following his release after more than 35 years, police spokesman Liz Wylie said.

Schoenfeld's mother, Merry, confirmed to The Associated Press that he was staying with her, but had no further comment.

His older brother, John Schoenfeld, spoke to San Francisco television station CBS5, shortly after his brother was released.

"My mother, and the whole family . would like to say we're sorry to the victims," John Schoenfeld told the station.

"Unfortunately, my brothers didn't understand. It wasn't only the kids, they thought the kids were going to be home in a couple of days, but it was a kid, it was a family, it was a whole community they affected."

The 57-year-old Schoenfeld will be required to wear a GPS monitoring device 24 hours a day, and will be monitored by police, authorities said.

Mountain View police were in communication with parole agents for the past week in preparation for Schoenfeld's release, acting Police Chief Mike Hamlin said in a statement.

"The MVPD will continue to work closely with parole in monitoring Schoenfeld to ensure the safety of our community members," Hamlin said.

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