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Tue July 20, 2004
Gillette Woman Uses Bravery to Try and Make a Change
Laramie, Wy – Debbie McLeland says it won't be easy to appear on stage with the man who was responsible for her son's death -- and seven others in a drunken driving crash three years ago.
The Gillette woman will share a stage with Clint Haskins, who is serving 14 to 20 years in prison for the crash September 16th, 2001, that killed Morgan McLeland and seven other members of the
University of Wyoming men's cross-country team.
Haskins will be allowed to leave prison so he and Debbie McLeland can separately present their stories Tuesday at Gillette's Cam-plex.
Then, they will appear together during a question-and-answer session.
Mrs. McLeland says she will offer a message of forgiveness, and she also says Haskins is very remorseful.
Campbell County Attorney Jeani Stone says McLeland is very courageous for agreeing to the presentation alongside Haskins.
And she says holding the talk during the National High School Finals Rodeo will make an extra impact, since Haskins was a rodeo contestant.