Kansas Inmate Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A convicted murderer who escaped from
prison in a dog crate more than two years ago has pleaded guilty to
a federal firearm charge.

John Manard, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, Acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker said Monday.

Manard and Toby Young were charged in Manard's escape in February 2006 from Lansing Correctional facility. Manard had been
serving a life sentence for a 1996 Johnson County murder.

Young, who ran a dog training program at Lansing prison, was convicted in Leavenworth County of aiding and abetting aggravated
prison escape and introducing contraband into the prison. Young
pleaded guilty in federal court to giving Manard a gun. She was
sentenced to 27 months to run concurrent with her sentence in the
state case.

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