VIDEO: Convicted teen murderer turns himself in; explains why he escaped jail

VIDEO: Convicted teen murderer turns himself in; explains why he escaped jail

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A teen who admitted to two murders, then broke out of juvenile detention, sparked a manhunt last month. Now new video shows the surprise Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies faced when Josef Toney turned himself in and told them why he ran off. 

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Josef Toney, 19, was found sitting inside the lobby of the Youth Services Center roughly 12 hours after escaping custody. Toney pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder earlier this year, tied to a shooting in 2021.  

BCSO says he broke out of the juvenile jail in May after manipulating a lock at the detention center patio. While he escaped just after noon, Toney turned himself in by 1:30 in the morning. Deputies say Toney asked if he did the right thing to which they responded, “I mean you did not make a smart decision to start off but you made a good one at the end bro.”      

When arriving at MDC, body camera video shows just how shocked deputies were that Toney came back to the detention center on his own and why he broke out to begin with, saying Toney said he “wanted to spend a day under the sun.” 

The deputies also shed light on why the 19-year-old convict was being held in the Youth Services Center instead of MDC. A deputy can be heard saying Toney was apparently being bullied at the Metropolitan Detention Center.  

While serving his murder sentence, Toney is also now facing charges for escaping custody. He is slated to face a judge Monday, where he’ll be arraigned on the new escape charge.