McLinn waives extradition, set to be returned to Kansas
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. — On Thursday morning Sarah Gonzalez McLinn appeared in Florida state court and waived extradition to Kansas according to a release from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. The office indicated the McLinn will be brought back to Kansas by law enforcement to be booked into jail in Douglas County when arrangements are made, the office did not give a specific date.
McLinn could have chosen to have an extradition hearing in Florida, a process which could have taken several months. In an earlier news release, the Lawrence Police Department stated that McLinn could be brought back to Kansas sometime this week if she waived extradition.
McLinn is suspected in the homicide of Harold “Hal” Sasko, who was found deceased in a Lawrence, Kan. home he shared with McLinn on January 17th. Officers responded to the home to check the welfare of McLinn, who hadn’t been seen or heard from by her family since January 14th. Officers were unable to locate McLinn or Sasko’s 2008 Nissan Altima.
McLinn was found in Sasko’s car on January 25th illegally camping in the Florida Everglades and taken into federal custody on an unrelated drug charge. The Lawrence Police Department then issued a warrant for McLinn on the suspicion on premeditated first-degree murder the following day.
A report by the Miami Herald indicates that park rangers may have found the murder weapon Sasko’s car when McLinn was found. Rangers found a small amount of hashish, two firearms, two knives and an ax in the car. An officer close to the investigation said one of the knives is believed to be the weapon used to kill Sasko.