Pa. shooting suspect: Sorry innocent people hurt

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Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:57 AM

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of shooting to death three people at a municipal meeting in eastern Pennsylvania following a feud over his junk-strewn property says he's sorry innocent people got hurt but also has harsh words for local officials.

The Pocono Record reports (http://bit.ly/17r3qOi ) that 59-year-old Rockne Newell said in a jailhouse interview Wednesday that there were "innocent victims" in the Aug. 5 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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Information from: Pocono Record, http://www.poconorecord.com/