July 29, 1976
Richard Schoenfeld was 22 at the time of the crime. In 2008, a two-person parole board panel deemed Schoenfeld suitable for parole, an initial step on the road to possible release. A new panel is scheduled to reconsider that decision at a hearing Tuesday. Even if the panel approves the earlier finding, Schoenfeld, now 56, would not be scheduled for release until 2021, and his parole would have to clear several more hurdles, including review by the governor. The other two kidnappers have yet to be found suitable for parole.
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