Archive for Thursday, June 1, 2006

Dog trainer pleads guilty in prison escape

Young to receive 21-month sentence

June 1, 2006

Toby Young has pleaded guilty to helping a convicted murderer escape from Lansing Correctional Facility earlier this year.

Young entered the guilty plea on Thursday in Leavenworth County District Court on charges of aiding and abetting aggravated escape and introducing contraband - a cellular phone - into the prison.

Young, who led the prison's Safe Harbor Prison Dogs Program, was alleged to have helped convicted murderer John Manard escape from the prison in the Safe Harbor van in February. They were captured nearly three weeks later in rural Tennessee.

Leavenworth County prosecutor Frank Kohl said as part of the deal, Young would be sentenced to 21 months in prison at a hearing on July 12.

"I think its an appropriate disposition to the case," Kohl said. "It serves as a just sentence for what she did."

See the June 8 Current for more on this story.

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