I am writing in response to an article that was in circulation recently regarding my brother, Joseph Soller, and I, Morgan Soller ("Seaside brothers get 20 months for random beating," The Daily Astorian, Feb. 8). I have not yet been able to read the article, or the response letter my younger sister wrote on my behalf, but I feel compelled to write one of my own.
It is very clear that my brother Joe and I made a very big mistake and are paying for it. This is not an attempt to attack or argue with the editor or The Daily Astorian. As a matter of fact, I grew up in Seaside and had numerous paper routes simultaneously delivering the paper.
I did not even hear what the article mentioned in the report, but it moved me to this: I speak for myself, but am sure my brother, Joe, feels quite the same when I say I am truly sorry. I let a lot of people down. I have so many people who have supported me, educated me and loved me, and I have definitely put a pain in their lives that can't be taken away, no matter how much we'd like to.
My brother Joe and I feel total remorse for what we did last March, and were acting out of pure grief or passion, whatever it was, because of losing our brother to a heroin overdose. We don't feel "justified" or "vindicated," which is why we turned ourselves in to deal with the consequences.
Clatsop County is a beautiful place that I call home, full of wonderful people, and I intend to some day make a positive impact for the community that I call family. Again, I'm sorry for letting you guys down.