Prosecutors to seek ‘Hard 50’ against roommate

Sarah McLinn (KSN File Photo)
Sarah McLinn (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – An attorney for a 19-year-old woman charged with killing a Lawrence businessman says the case will prove to be one of why rather than a crime story whodunit.

Carl Cornwell’s client, Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, appeared briefly in Douglas County District Court to hear the amended murder charges against her in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko.

Douglas County prosecutors also filed notice that they would seek to have McLinn sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for at least 50 years, known as the “Hard 50.” McLinn is being held on $1 million bond.

Cornwell said after the hearing that there was more to the story that would come out as the court case progressed. He also suggested he hoped to avoid a protracted court trial. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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