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Where Is Toby Young From Lifetime's 'Jailbreak Lovers' Now?
Toby Young managed a rehabilitative animal program in a Kansas prison when she fell in love with inmate John Manard and helped him escape, events now dramatized in the Lifetime movie "Jailbreak Lovers."
A woman, bored with her life and marriage, decided to break her inmate lover out of prison. That's not just the plot of the new Lifetime movie “Jailbreak Lovers” – it's a story from Toby Dorr’s life.
But how is she doing now, more than 15 years later?
Then in her late 40s, she fell for inmate John Manard, who was 28. He was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder for his role in a fatal 1996 carjacking that occurred when he was 17, according to the Kansas City Star.
In February 2006, she smuggled Manard out of the maximum-security prison in a dog crate in the back of her program's van, the Associated Press reported in 2006.
The two were found two weeks later in Tennessee in a cabin. Young was sentenced to 21 months of prison for aiding and abetting aggravated escape and introducing contraband into the prison for bringing Manard a cellphone so they could communicate.
She received a 27-month sentence and was released from prison in 2008, KMBC reported. Her husband divorced her while she was behind bars. The two shared two sons, who were in their twenties by the time she was released.
Since her release from prison, she's become an author and speaker. On her website promoting her books and workshops, she writes, “If you search this site looking for a broken woman with a felony, you’ll find me. If you read this story hoping for answers, you’ll find a woman living with conviction.”
“I wouldn’t advise anyone to break a convicted murderer out of prison, but if you find yourself with the opportunity and the notion to do it… don’t forget to learn something from the experience,” she writes.
In 2019, she told the podcast Criminal that before she met Manard, she was "a perfectionist."
"I never did anything wrong, I never had a speeding ticket," she reflected. "I never didn't stop and count for three seconds at a stop sign, so I think I just saved all my stuff up for just one thing."
She noted that after she was released from prison, she lived with her mother back in Kansas City, but she couldn't escape her crime. People often pointed at her and stared. Soon after, she relocated to Boston for a job and eventually remarried.
Looking back at her affair with Manard, she told the podcast that she thinks he "cared for me, but I've since come to appreciate that if you love someone, you don't ask them to do something that puts their life in danger."
The Safe Harbor Prison Dog Program is still in operation at Lansing Prison.