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KS Supreme Court backs 'Hard 50' for Topeka businessman's killer

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The Kansas Supreme Court upheld Friday the 'Hard 50' sentence for the woman who killed Topeka business owner, Harold Sasko, nearly four years ago.

The Justices rejected nearly all of Sarah McLinn's arguments over her conviction and sentencing. The High Court did back her lawyers' claim that she should not serve a post-release supervision and the Justices, instead, ruled she should have received a lifetime of parole.

The Court found that err - one of ten claims brought by McLinn's attorneys - did not justify either a new trial. However, the sentence was partially vacated with the instruction the district court impose a lifetime of parole.

In January 2014, McLinn was living with Sasko when she drugged and bound him before slitting his throat. She was later captured in the Florida Everglades. A jury convicted her of first-degree murder two months later. Prosecutors had said McLinn killed Sasko because she told police she would "enjoy it."

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