First of 3 men who buried busload of children in local quarry could be released from prison in May Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Mar 7, 2012 at 8:01 am
One of the three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore could be released from prison as soon as May due to a state appellate court ruling last week.
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Posted by mooseturd, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 8:01 am mooseturd is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
It's news like this that makes me think we should expand use of the death penalty. Life in prison should mean life in prison. I remember this event well. This scum should rot in prison until he starts his term in hell.
Posted by My 2 cents, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 9:00 am
If there is no room in jail, or money for this immates, then give them the death penalty and problem solved. What they did is not forgivable, those children could have died. Let them die in jail or give them the death penalty but do not release them, they may harm others if allowed to be in the community.
Posted by Sad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 11:21 am
I went to grade school and high school with this kid. I remember when he and his older brother and friend committed this crime, horrible. But the crime never fit the kid I knew, he was shy, and nice, we played and swam at a neighbors house. It is/was hard to reconcile that memory with this crime. I want to believe that due to his youth at the time he just completely misjudged the consequences of his actions. And I to this day don't believe he instigated this crime, not that it matters. Certainly his punishment was just. I just wanted to put a bit of a human face on this. While many, many people understandably would disagree with me, I am glad he didn't get the death penalty and I hope and pray that he is reformed.
Posted by Oh Mom, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm
All three of these turds should have fried. I recall this very well. They may not have caused substantial physical harm to the children kidnapped, but their lives were negitivly altered forever. The emotional scars never go away. All of those children could have died, as was previously stated. I get what Sad is saying, but, if someone is such a follower that they are willing to walk away from the good inside them to follow bad, they are just as dangerous as plain old evil....maybe worse, because they know better.
Posted by Miss Vivian, a resident of Livermore, on Mar 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm
Unfortunately, our system isn't subject to second guessing. They men were tried, this one man has been judged eligible for parole,we don't get to redecide. I remember this case well, and I know it was most certainly a life-threatening situation. But a parole board did their investigative work and used their judgment.
Posted by Dave, a resident of San Ramon, on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:08 am
I believe he should be released. under this condition: The release is publicized AND, out of the prison, he is taken by limo to Chowchilla and dropped off on Main Street. I know a good sumaritan would give him a ride...