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Parole Denied Again for Convict in 1976 School Bus Hijacking

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

The last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of California children nearly four decades ago has been denied parole for the 16th time.

A panel decided Thursday that Frederick Woods will stay in prison. He can apply for parole again in three years.

The two men convicted with him, brothers Richard and James Schoenfeld, already have been paroled.

They were given life terms for kidnapping 26 children and their school bus driver near Chowchilla in 1976. They buried them in a ventilated underground bunker about 45 miles east of San Francisco, and the victims were able to dig their way out more than a day later.

A congresswoman and others have argued that the 64-year-old has served enough time.

Some of his victims say he remains too dangerous to be freed.