Kjell A Schumann, whose long criminal record climaxed 10 years ago with the commando-style robbery of a NOKAS currency depot in Stavanger, won’t be released from prison early after all. An appeals court turned down his request last week for parole.
Schumann, who killed a Stavanger police officer during a gun battle on the street following the robbery, had petitioned the court to release him from his 16-year jail term because he’d served its minimum requirement of 10 years.
The appeals court (Eidsiva lagmannsrett) ruled on Friday, however, Schumann has been jailed under relatively restrictive conditions, and that the transition to a release on parole would be too abrupt.
The court did agree to move Schumann over to a more open form of custody in Norway, and he will be eligible to petition for release again. Schumann has said he intends to move home to his family farm in Hedmark County and had lined up a job.
The vast majority of the more than NOK 50 million in cash stolen in the NOKAS robbery has never been found. It’s feared Schumann and his fellow NOKAS robbers will recover it once they’re out of prison. State prosecutors had vowed to appeal any release on parole to Norway’s Supreme Court if necessary.