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Archive for Monday, February 3, 2014

News conference regarding 19-year-old murder suspect scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

February 3, 2014

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District Attorney Charles Branson will hold a press conference today to explain the charges against Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, a 19-year-old woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence businessman Harold M. Sasko, 52.

The press conference will follow McLinn’s first appearance in court, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before District Judge Paula Martin.

McLinn was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Saturday and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Sasko's body was found on Jan. 17 at the home he shared with McLinn in the 2900 block of West 26th Street. McLinn was missing in the wake of Sasko's death and was found more than a week later in Everglades National Park in Florida. She waived extradition and was returned to Kansas this past weekend.

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Clark Coan 10 months, 3 weeks ago

She outta plead down to second-degree homicide and then maybe get out of prison in 20 years with good behavior. Then she'd still have 40 years of life. The problem is she'd be turned and would never recover from prison.

Fred Mion 10 months, 3 weeks ago

There's a reason she's being charged with first-degree.

Kathi Firns-Hubert 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I do not believe she should be able to plead down. While no one deserves to be murdered, it's important to keep in mind that the person she murdered was not only a kind, generous, caring man, he was also murdered in an incredibly brutal and heinous way. This type of murder cannot be committed by someone I would EVER want to encounter, nor would I want anyone else to have to. Generally, I feel young people deserve a second chance but in this instance, I can't bring myself to have any empathy for her even if she did have a rough life in Topeka. What she did was SO wrong (and yes, I know she's innocent until proven guilty).

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