Archive for Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dog trainer pleads guilty to federal charges

March 28, 2007

— he woman who helped a convicted murderer escape last year from a state prison pleaded guilty to a related charge Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Toby Young pleaded to a federal charge of providing a firearm to a felon. She could receive a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; her sentencing is June 18.

Young, of Wyandotte County, who ran a dog training program at Lansing Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty in June to state charges of aiding and abetting aggravated escape and introducing contraband - a cellular phone - into the prison. She was sentenced to 21 months in prison on those charges.

Young admitted she smuggled murderer John Manard, 27, out of prison on Feb. 12, 2006 with him hiding in a dog crate in the back of van she used as part of the Safe Harbor Prison Dog Program she ran at the penitentiary.

The two were at large for two weeks before being captured in Tennessee.

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