“He never had anything nice to say about government in general,” Miller said.

State police said they were aware of only one run-in Newell had with the law and that was in 1981. He was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, driving without a license, fraudulent removal of a license plate, speeding, fleeing police and driving without lights to avoid identification.

In a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and the other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to four to eight months in the Monroe County Prison.

Newell, who had been living on disability, was arraigned on homicide, attempted homicide and aggravated assault was sent to Monroe County Prison without bail.

His preliminary hearing date had not been scheduled.