Archive for Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lawrence murder suspect expected back in Kansas by weekend

This information released Thursday by the Miami-Dade Corrections office in Florida shows Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn's booking and case status.

This information released Thursday by the Miami-Dade Corrections office in Florida shows Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn's booking and case status.

January 30, 2014, 3:07 p.m. Updated January 30, 2014, 3:29 p.m.


Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn

More coverage: Harold Sasko homicide
  • Feb. 3, 2014: Prosecution seeking ‘Hard 50’ for Lawrence murder suspect McLinn
  • Feb. 3, 2014: Murder suspect’s attorney: McLinn has ‘mental problems’
  • Feb. 3, 2014: News conference regarding 19-year-old murder suspect scheduled for 2:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 31, 2014: McLinn in Douglas County custody, awaiting Monday court date
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Report: Murder suspect, 19, had knives, guns, hash, ax in victim’s car
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Homicide suspect McLinn turned over to state authorities; extradition hearing likely to be waived
  • Jan. 29, 2014: Homicide suspect Sarah McLinn was in small Texas town on Jan. 15, officers say
  • Jan. 28, 2014: Teen’s attorney in Lawrence murder case advises her to waive extradition hearing in Florida
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Murder suspect, 19, could be extradited to Lawrence this week
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Lawrence homicide: 19-year-old charged with first-degree murder
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Authorities schedule 1 p.m. news conference to discuss significant developments in Lawrence homicide investigation
  • Jan. 26, 2014: Missing 19-year-old found alive in Florida with homicide victim’s car
  • Jan. 26, 2014: Mother of missing Lawrence 19-year-old issues statement: ‘Sarah is a victim’
  • Jan. 25, 2014: Updates scarce as family, friends await information about missing 19-year-old, week-old homicide investigation
  • Jan. 24, 2014: Information still sought in Southwest Lawrence homicide investigation, 19-year-old’s disappearance
  • Jan. 23, 2014: Police continue search for missing 19-year-old; funeral services handled for family of homicide victim
  • Jan. 22, 2014: Silence, prayer center stage at service in Topeka for missing 19-year-old Sarah McLinn
  • Jan. 22, 2014: Family and friends of missing 19-year-old woman to gather for prayer service
  • Jan. 21, 2014: Family of missing 19-year-old woman who lived with homicide victim hopeful that she will call
  • Jan. 20, 2014: Former employees recall Sasko as kind, generous
  • Jan. 20, 2014: Police waited nearly 18 hours to announce homicide, missing woman
  • Jan. 19, 2014: Lawrence police ID man found dead in home, search for missing woman
  • Jan. 19, 2014: Lawrence police ID 52-year-old victim of Friday homicide; woman still missing
  • The defense attorney for the 19-year-old woman accused of killing a 52-year-old Lawrence man said that she waived extradition in a Florida court today and will be returned to Kansas "today or tomorrow."

    Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn, charged with first-degree murder here in the death of Harold M. Sasko, was handed over to Florida state authorities after spending much of the week in federal custody. Her privately hired attorney, Carl Cornwell, said Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson informed him that McLinn waived extradition in a state court today.

    In McLinn's court appearance today, according to CBS Miami, when asked if she wanted to waive extradition, McLinn asked the judge, “Does that mean I’ll go back to Kansas?”

    When the judge replied yes, McLinn said: “Then, yeah, I’ll waive extradition.”

    Cornwell expects McLinn to be brought back to Kansas either Thursday or Friday and said that he has yet to speak with her.

    The office of District Attorney Charles Branson confirmed in a news release that McLinn waived extradition and that she will be brought back to the state and booked into Douglas County Jail.

    Branson's office said it would not release additional information until McLinn has a first appearance before the Douglas County Pro Tem Judge.

    McLinn had been in Florida state custody since Wednesday, when she was released from federal custody on a drug charge related to her arrest at Everglades National Park on Saturday.

    On Monday, Branson charged McLinn with first-degree murder in the death of Sasko, the owner of three CiCi’s Pizza restaurants between Topeka and Lawrence with whom McLinn lived since 2012 in a home in the 2900 block of West 26th Street. McLinn is accused of gaining control over Sasko and killing him with an “edged instrument” on Jan. 14, which was the last time anyone had seen or heard from either Sasko or McLinn.

    This week, an Everglades National Park spokeswoman said McLinn was found sleeping in a 2008 Nissan Altima that belonged to Sasko and had been missing at the time of McLinn’s disappearance. A routine check of the vehicle’s plates led a park ranger to discover that it was the missing vehicle from Lawrence. McLinn was discovered sleeping in the car and arrested after Lawrence police identified her as the sole suspect in Sasko’s death.

    According to a Miami Herald report citing unnamed law enforcement sources, rangers also found two firearms, two knives, an ax and a small amount of hashish in the car. The Herald reported that one of the knives is believed to be the weapon used to kill Sasko. At a press conference on Monday, Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib told reporters that evidence suggested that McLinn “somehow subdued” Sasko before killing him and that police now think she was the only person involved in the killing.

    McLinn once worked for Sasko in Topeka before moving into his home in Lawrence, friends and family members have told the Journal-World. Kimberly Qualls, a close friend of Sasko's, told the Journal-World earlier this week that Sasko allowed McLinn to move in so she could have a stable environment, save money and prepare for college.

    Harold Sasko

    • Age 52

    • Found dead Jan. 17 in his house in the 2900 block of W. 26th Street.

    • Owned three Cici’s Pizza franchises — one in Lawrence, two in Topeka.

    • Resided with Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn (charged with murder in his death) in the house he owned.

    • Lived in Topeka and Lenexa before moving to Lawrence.

    • Divorced, with a teenage daughter who lives in Texas.

    • Originally from Florida.

    Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn

    • Age 19

    • Grew up in Topeka but lived with Harold Sasko in Lawrence since 2012.

    • Graduated from Topeka High in 2012 and also previously attended Shawnee Heights High.

    • Worked for Sasko at CiCi’s Pizza in Topeka but at the time of her disappearance was working at Bed Bath & Beyond in Lawrence.


    Terry Lee 4 years, 4 months ago

    Her 15 mins of fame are almost up? Do we really need to follow her every move and ETA to Kansas. Nutjobs like this love the notoriety.

    Bob Forer 4 years, 4 months ago

    Simple solution Terry: Follow your own advice and don't read the article.

    MerriAnnie Smith 4 years, 4 months ago

    Terry, this is basically what a news organization does. It reports the news. They report. YOU decide if you want to read it. Other people probably do want to read it.

    Dan Rose 4 years, 4 months ago

    That's what she's doing - sitting there in jail on a computer (or her ipad, smartphone, etc.) hitting refresh over and over again to see the next LJWorld's update about her... lol


    Rick Masters 4 years, 4 months ago

    No, you're thinking of Terry. (Except for the jail part.)

    David Campbell 4 years, 4 months ago

    Terry, she's a suspect. Americans are entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

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