DA Seeks 'Hard 50' For Suspect In CiCI's Owner's Murder

By: Greg Palmer/Melissa Brunner/Ariana Cohen
By: Greg Palmer/Melissa Brunner/Ariana Cohen

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW/AP) _ The attorney for a 19-year-old woman charged with killing a Lawrence businessman says there is a lot more to learn about what unfolded.

Sarah Gonzales McLinn made her first appearance Monday afternoon in Douglas County District Court. She's charged with intentional, premeditated first degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko, plus a second count related to stealing his vehicle.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says he will seek a Hard 50 sentence in the case.

"At this time we don't have any reason to believe anyone else was involved," he added.

McLinn's attorney Carl Cornwell asked Douglas Co. District Judge Paula Martin to not set any further proceedings for at least 45 days to allow time for McLinn to be evaluated by a forensic psychologist. Martin then set a docket hearing for March 27.

McLinn remains jailed on $1 million bond.

After the brief appearance, Cornwell said he would not admit any wrongdoing on the part of his client, but did add that the case was not a "who-done-it" but a "why?" He said her family is in shock. McLinn's father was in the courtroom and was visibly emotional during the hearing.

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.

She was arrested in Florida but declined to fight extradition. She returned Saturday to Kansas.


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