Motion questions attorney’s effectiveness in Lawrence case
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.
Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com