LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Jurors, who Friday declared Sarah Gonzales McLinn, 20, guilty of premeditated, first-degree murder, decided on Monday that the murder of her roommate, Harold “Hal” Sasko“ was committed in "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel manner."
This determination will allow a judge to sentence McLinn to the "Hard 50", a mandatory minimum of 50 years in prison without eligibility for parole.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 29 at 9 a.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson and Chief Assistant District Attorney David Melton held a news conference regarding the jury's sentencing recommendation and the case.
"I am pleased with the jury's decision This case has been very trying on everyone involved. I do feel the jury's recommended sentence of 50 years is appropriate for the crime," said Branson.
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