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Dog trainer gets 21 months for helping murderer escape

July 13, 2006

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Despite attempting to remain upbeat before her sentencing, Toby Young's face showed tension and sadness as she looked at her family across the courtroom.

Young, who founded a volunteer program for prisoners at Lansing Correctional Facility but then used that position to help a convicted murderer escape in February, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison by Leavenworth County District Judge Frederick Stewart.

Young had pleaded guilty June 1 to aiding and abetting aggravated escape and introducing contraband into the prison, both level 5 felonies connected to the Feb. 12 escape from Lansing Correctional Facility of inmate John Manard. Young admitted driving Manard out of the prison in the Safe Harbor Prison Dog van.

In sentencing Young, Stewart adhered to a joint agreement between defense and prosecuting attorneys. Jim Yoakum, Young's attorney, said the sentence came as expected, which was partly why Young made no statement in court.

Toby Young, left, gives her attorney, Jim Yoakum, a hug after being sentenced Wednesday, July 11, 2006, in Leavenworth. Young was given 21 months in prison for her role in helping a convicted murderer escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility in a dog crate.

Toby Young, left, gives her attorney, Jim Yoakum, a hug after being sentenced Wednesday, July 11, 2006, in Leavenworth. Young was given 21 months in prison for her role in helping a convicted murderer escape from the Lansing Correctional Facility in a dog crate.

"I know she's very sorry for what she did," Yoakum said. "She has called it an irrational act.

"I don't think she can explain it, and we just didn't think it was necessary to make some grand statement in court today."

Yoakum said he believed the sentence was a fair balance between a minimum sentence of probation and a maximum of 41 months. With considerations for good behavior, Yoakum estimated that Young could be eligible for release as early as fall 2007.

"In the end : we felt it was a fair result. We felt like we got a fair treatment from the prosecutor up here as well as the judge," Yoakum said. "Twenty-one months isn't exactly a vacation. She's not happy about going to jail, but we felt it was the best we could do.

"In the end, justice is being served."

Now back in custody, Young will serve the 21-month sentence minus time already spent in jail.

Young started the Safe Harbor program in August 2004 and had been a regular visitor to the Lansing prison's maximum-, medium- and minimum-security areas. The program receives dogs from shelters across northeast Kansas and matches them with inmates who feed, groom and socialize the dogs to improve their chances of being placed in a new home.

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Manard, 27, was the program's star trainer.

Yoakum did not know whether Young would be allowed to participate in a prison dog program as a prisoner, but he said he hoped her talents and experience in that regard would not be overlooked.

"I can't think of anyone more qualified to be a part of that," Yoakum said. "I really can't. : That's going to be up to the prison officials, and it's going to be up to her.

"You have to earn your good-time credit, and when you're in prison you have to earn any privileges : she's so well-trained to train dogs, and she's had so much experience with that."

Young arrived in court for her sentencing with an entourage of half a dozen friends and relatives. Photographers and reporters flanked the group in the courtroom, and a flock of Kansas City news crews waited outside the Leavenworth Justice Center, hoping to speak to her relatives and friends as they left the courtroom.

Young was taken into custody after the ruling and will remain in Leavenworth County Jail until paperwork is completed and she is processed out to Topeka. Yoakum said Young was looking forward to serving her time and getting on with her life.

"She's in good spirits. She's looking forward to putting this behind her," Yoakum said.

Lansing Current editor John Taylor contributed to this story.

Comments

mom_of_three 7 years, 9 months ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

And how many women did he actually see while he was in prison??

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mom_of_three 7 years, 9 months ago

ljlook - you read too much into my comments. Or don't read enough to know of what I was speaking of...., I don't know.

Someone mentioned how the people were worried about a murderer on the loose, and if he would commit another one.

I just responded that he never pulled the trigger in the first place.

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consumer1 7 years, 9 months ago

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Eybea Opiner 7 years, 9 months ago

Quote: "And you don't think that Manard connived and planned as well, Solomon?"

I don't believe I said anything to indicate that he was blameless. I seriously doubt, though, that he made the reservations at the get away, or bought the vehicle they used, or took care of the scores of little details that had to be taken care of from the outside.

I'm perfectly happy if Manard gets 10 years, or more, added to his sentence. On the other hand, I think she should be looking at 10 years, as well. Less than 2 years simply isn't enough for this crime, imo.

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ljlook 7 years, 9 months ago

Posted by mom_of_three (anonymous) on July 13, 2006 at 9:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Maynard was convicted of murder, but never pulled the trigger. He was with someone during a murder. So I don't know if he was capable of murder himself."

Maybe you should help him next then. With so many bleeding hearts, it's a wonder he didn't escape sooner.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 9 months ago

And you don't think that Manard connived and planned as well, Solomon?

I get it...she just spirited him away against his will...

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mom_of_three 7 years, 9 months ago

Maynard was convicted of murder, but never pulled the trigger. He was with someone during a murder. So I don't know if he was capable of murder himself.

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lawrencephilosopher 7 years, 9 months ago

It's all part of the knee-jerk liberal court's response. Had this been a male, he would be looking at I would guess 10 years give or take. YES And that is not enough considering that there could have been another murder and another victim!

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Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 9 months ago

Not entirely accurate, Solomon and rightthinker. Tom Bird is back out in the community; his paramour Lorna Anderson remains a ward of the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Unless, of course, an exception proves the rule.

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billyflay 7 years, 9 months ago

it's inhumane to punish broads as you would a male.

women are for breeding and our amusement,

it's just not a good idea to lock them up in prison,

remember there is no bad broad only bad trainers,

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Deb Stavin 7 years, 9 months ago

Thought you might enjoy being treated to this bit from one of the earlier LJWorld articles about the case. It sounds custom-made for a cheesy straight-to-video film:

"In their two weeks as fugitives, Manard, 27, and Toby Young, 48, accumulated electronics, musical instruments and a parakeet while hiding out in a vacation cabin in Alpine, near Dale Hollow Lake. Items found inside the home included cash, a laptop computer, a new printer, jigsaw puzzles, books, a PlayStation, an adult DVD, two new guitars, an amplifier, a mandolin and sheet music to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"- the tale of escaped convicts on the run in the South during the Great Depression.

The two also left behind unspecified "sexual items," Deputy U.S. Marshal Danny Shelton said. Workers who rented the cabin to Young and Manard said they thought the fugitives were a couple on a 'romantic getaway.' "

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rightthinker 7 years, 9 months ago

Exactly Solomon!

It's all part of the knee-jerk liberal court's response. Had this been a male, he would be looking at I would guess 10 years give or take.

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billyflay 7 years, 9 months ago

look, she is a women, driven by her sexual needs,

punishing her for that, would be like punishing a dog for chewing on a bone,

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Eybea Opiner 7 years, 9 months ago

This lady connived and planned, then took a convicted murderer out of the prison, and helped him hide for several weeks, then receives only 21 months for it. I understand that Manard may get 10 years added to his sentence.

Why do women always get a break on sentencing? Look at all the middle school teachers lately who have raped their young charges, and who have received light sentences compared to what a mad would have received.

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