Archive for Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Hearing continued in prison escape

November 8, 2006

A preliminary hearing was continued in Leavenworth County District Court on Wednesday, Nov. 8, for a convicted murderer who faces charges related to his escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility in February.

John Manard was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon with his attorney, Terence Lober.

Before the preliminary hearing was continued, Leavenworth County Attorney Frank Kohl had said he had expected Manard would enter a plea and the hearing would not take place.

Deborah Owens, a spokeswoman for the County Attorney's Office, said Lober could not attend the hearing because of an emergency and asked for the continuance.

Owens said Manard is scheduled to make an appearance before Judge Frederick Stewart at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 in Leavenworth County District Court.

Manard has been charged with felony aggravated escape and trafficking in contraband after his escape from the prison on Feb. 12 with the help of Toby Young, then director of the Safe Harbor Prison Dogs program.

Manard hid in a dog crate in the back of a Safe Harbor van, which Young drove away from the prison to make the escape.

They were captured 12 days later in Tennessee. Young was sentenced to 21 months in prison after she pleaded guilty for her role in the escape.

Manard is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and criminal possession of a firearm associated with the carjacking and murder of a Johnson County man in 1996.

He also faces federal weapons crime charges related to the escape.

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