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Murder victims' families react to John McCluskey's sentence

Updated: 06/03/2014 7:10 PM | Created: 06/03/2014 5:53 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

John McCluskey was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for kidnapping Oklahoma travelers Linda and Gary Haas at a rest stop in Santa Rosa back in 2010.

He later killed and burned them in their travel trailer.

"If it were my decision, I wanted the death penalty," said Linda Rook, Gary's sister. She took full advantage of her chance to speak to him in court Tuesday.

"So my ending statement was: You are a disgrace for your mother, your family, your society and the human race," she said. "And I truly believe that."

Sandra Morgan, the sister of Linda Haas, says she's been living with a heavy heart.

She stood in court, looked into the eyes of her sister's killer, took a deep breath and said, "I forgive you."

"It's something I had to do. I had to do it for myself, not for them," she said, "It's for me."

The family says they struggle with the word "closure," but justice is helping them move on.

Casslyn Welch, McCluskey's cousin-turned-lover, is awaiting sentencing for her role. There is a question of whether she'll serve 20 or 40 years in prison.

Tracy Province, who also escaped from prison with McCluskey, was sentenced to life behind bars.


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