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Motion questions attorney’s effectiveness in Lawrence case

April 3, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence woman convicted of killing a 52-year-old man has filed a civil case claiming her attorney was ineffective during her trial, including not arguing for a battered woman defense.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports an attorney for 24-year-old Sarah Gonzales-McLinn says the post-conviction relief case is not about whether she is guilty but about her trial attorney’s effectiveness.

Gonzales-McLinn, a Topeka native, was convicted in January 2014 of drugging and nearly beheading Harold Sasko at a home they shared in Lawrence. She was sentenced to 50 years with no chance of parole.

The motion alleges Gonzales-McLinn killed Sasko after he kept her in sexual and financial slavery for more than a year.

The motion could result in a 25-year sentence, a new sentencing hearing, a new trial or dismissal.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com