Monroe County shooting suspect apologizes for hurting innocent people

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 30, 2013 11:09 AM
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(Stroudsburg) -- A man accused of shooting to death three people at a municipal meeting in Monroe County following a feud over his junk-strewn property says he's sorry innocent people got hurt but also has harsh words for local officials.

59-year-old Rockne Newell said in a jailhouse interview there were ``innocent victims'' in the August 5th shootings at the Ross Township supervisors meeting, but he says he felt like a victim himself.

Newell bought the property in 1990 but got laid off from his job and landed on disability following a crash. He says he endured years of harassment from the township and felt hounded by neighbors who saw his property as an eyesore, but he ``wasn't bothering anybody'' and should have been left alone.

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