A woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter along with her husband in the dog-mauling death of a lesbian neighbor was released from prison after serving more than half of a four-year sentence. Marjorie Knoller, 48, was released Thursday from Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla, according to Yolanda Campo, an assistant in the warden's office. 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 San Francisco apartment building by the couple's two mammoth presa canarios. Knoller, a former defense attorney whose license to practice was suspended upon her conviction, was picked up by a friend and traveled to Ventura County in Southern California, where she will serve out her parole, KTVU-TV reported. Her husband was paroled in September to Solano County, more than 300 miles north of where his wife will be living. Noel reduced his four-year sentence by working in prison and staying out of trouble, officials said. Heimerich 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 station she was unhappy about being released because she did not know what she would do in Southern California. Noel expressed relief over her release, saying he was "happy beyond words."