McLinn Set For $1 Million Dollar Bond

By: Nick Viviani, Ariana Cohen
By: Nick Viviani, Ariana Cohen

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW/CBS/AP) _ Douglas County Jail Officer Jackson told 13 News Sarah Gonzales McLinn has a bond set at $1 million dollars.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says McLinn was transferred into the custody of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office early Saturday morning and is now being held at the Douglas County Jail. She will have her first appearance on the first degree murder charge on Monday, February 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in the Division Five courtroom before Judge Paula B. Martin.

Branson also stated that any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn appeared in Miami-Dade court Thursday for an extradition hearing, according to the CBS affiliate in Miami.

“Do you want to waive or contest extradition,” the judge asked.

“Um, waive would mean I just go back to Kansas. Yeah,” Gonzales McLinn replied.

McLinn is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko.

Sasko owned pizza restaurants in Lawrence and Topeka. McLinn was an employee, and Sasko's relatives have said he let her move into his home while she was having personal problems.

He was found dead on January 17 after officers visited his home to check on McLinn, who her family said had not seen her for days.
She was arrested in Florida but declined to fight extradition.

Investigators said Gonzales McLinn was found at about 10:30 Saturday night sleeping in the backseat of a car parked at the Visitors Center of Everglades National Park.

Detectives said they think they have the murder weapon.

Reports indicate Gonzales McLinn was found was guns, knives and drugs in the car.

Gonzales McLinn could face the death penalty if convicted.


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