Teen arrested in Everglades to face murder charge in Kansas

 

jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

A teenager wanted for murder in Kansas was granted bail in Miami federal court Wednesday, following her arrest at Everglades National Park, so she could be transferred to her home state.

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn, 19, was granted $5,000 bail for illegal camping and drug possession offenses by a magistrate judge. Federal prosecutor Thomas Watts-Fitzgerald proposed the personal surety bond so she could be brought back to Kansas to face a first-degree murder charge.

McLinn was charged Monday with the Jan. 14 killing of her former employer, Harold Sasko, 52, a pizza restaurant owner who also shared his Lawrence home with her.

McLinn was arrested Saturday night by Everglades National Park rangers after they found her sleeping in the back seat of a 2008 Nissan Altima sedan in the visitor center parking lot. After they ran the license plates, the rangers learned the vehicle belonged to Sasko.

The rangers found a small amount of hashish, two firearms, two knives and an ax in the vehicle, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the case. One of the knives, described by Lawrence police as an “edged instrument,” is believed to be the murder weapon, the source said.

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