Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

Firearms charge adds 10 years for escape

October 8, 2009

A convicted murderer whose 2006 escape from Lansing Correctional Facility was aided by a prison volunteer has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm during his short-lived freedom.

John Manard, 30, will serve the federal time consecutively to sentences for criminal convictions in state court on charges of murder and jail break, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said Monday.

In February, Manard pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. Co-defendant Toby Young pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of giving a firearm to a convicted felon. She was sentenced to 27 months and released from federal custody in May 2008. She was discharged from state custody in February after completing her sentence for aiding and abetting aggravated escape.

In Young’s plea in federal court, she admitted she met Manard in 2005 while he was an inmate at the Lansing prison and she was working for the Safe Harbor Prison Dog program. Over time, they became friends. Young provided Manard with a cell phone and helped him devise a plan to escape.

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