Woman convicted in dog-mauling death is freed
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter along with her husband in the dog-mauling death of a San Francisco neighbor was released from prison after serving more than half of a four-year sentence, a television station reported.
Marjorie Knoller, 48, was picked up Thursday from Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla by a friend and traveled to Ventura County in Southern California, where she will serve out her parole, KTVU-TV reported.
Prison officials announced Wednesday that Knoller, a former defense attorney whose license to practice was suspended upon her conviction, would be released this week.
Knoller's husband, Robert Noel, 62, was released on parole in September. The two were convicted in March 2002 in the death of Diane Whipple, 33, who was attacked in the hallway of their apartment building by the couple's two mammoth presa canarios.
Noel reduced his four-year sentence by working in prison and staying out of trouble, officials said.
Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, said Knoller refused to work part of the time, delaying her release.
The couple kept the dogs for a state prison inmate and avowed Aryan Brotherhood member whom they had adopted.
Knoller and Noel are appealing their convictions. The state Attorney General's office, meanwhile, is appealing a judge's dismissal of Knoller's conviction of second-degree murder in the case.
KTVU said Knoller refused to be interviewed on-camera but that she told the network she was unhappy about being released because she did not know what she would do in Southern California.
Noel, who was paroled to Solano County, more than 300 miles away from where his wife will be living, expressed relief over her release. "I'm happy beyond words and absolutely relieved she is out," he said.