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Kidnapper Enters No Plea

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One of California€™s most notorious kidnappers did not enter a plea this afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court, where he€™s accused of trying to buy a child.

Kenneth Parnell is best known for kidnapping Steven Stayner in 1972 and holding him for seven years.

Parnell is scheduled to be back in court tomorrow in Oakland to be assigned a lawyer.

Parnell was convicted in the 1980s of kidnapping Stayner and another boy. Molestation charges were dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired. He has been living in Berkeley.

Parnell is facing life in prison because it´s a three-strikes case. He€™s being held on $575,000 bail. A book and TV movie called “I Know My First Name Is Steven” were made about Stayner€™s story. He later died in a motorcycle accident. His brother, Cary, killed four people at Yosemite National Park and is sentenced to death.

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