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Prison Inmate Charged in Dog Crate Escape

July 29, 2006

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ A convicted killer accused of escaping from prison in February by hiding in a dog crate carried out by a trainer was charged Friday.

The prosecutor said he waited charge John Michael Manard until he resolved the case with the dog trainer who was captured with the 27-year-old inmate in Tennessee, 12 days after the escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

Toby Young, 48, was sentenced July 12 to a year and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting aggravated escape and trafficking contraband.

Manard faces felony charges of aggravated escape from a state correctional facility and trafficking contraband, said Deborah Owens, spokeswoman for the Leavenworth County attorney’s office.

He has remained in solitary confinement since being returned to the prison. Owens said she didn’t know the penalties Manard could face if convicted of the new charges. He already was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

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