Man charged with killing 3 at town meeting pleads guilty

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A man accused of gunning down three people at a municipal government meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania in 2013 is pleading guilty.

Rockne Newell pleaded guilty to homicide and other charges Friday in Monroe County court.

The 61-year-old disabled junk dealer had been angry after being forced off his debris-strewn property in rural Ross Township.

Town officials say he owed thousands of dollars in fines and had generated complaints that he lived in a storage shed and used a bucket outside as a toilet.

Authorities say Newell packed a rental car with guns and ammunition and shot his way into a township meeting. Prosecutors say attendees wrestled Newell to the ground after he had fired dozens of rounds, killing three people and injuring at least two others.

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