Wife: moonshiner took own life for fear of prison

PARROTTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The wife of famed Appalachian moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton says he took his own life at his Tennessee home because he couldn't stand the thought of going to prison.

Pam Sutton told The Asheville Citizen Times in North Carolina that her husband was depressed about an 18-month federal sentence he was due to start serving Friday. A telephone listing for Sutton could not immediately be found by The Associated Press.

Tennessee authorities have said they suspected suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning after Marvin Sutton was found Monday dead in his car in Parrottsville. An autopsy has been ordered.

The author of the book "Me and My Likker" pleaded guilty in April to illegally producing distilled spirits and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

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(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Shysocks Location: Newport on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    The local networks keep "Quoting" Sky about things she keeps saying about her Father. She has not even been here. She is out for a little dollar. And to think she cursed her Dad for makining shine for money, but its ok for her to make a buck off his death.Your real class act SKY.Pam won`t talk to 10 or 8 right now, she is trying to greive.Channel 10 showed up before they had his body removed.Now that real heart. Its a shame they had to bury him at 6:00am to avoid the circus. And NO that loving daughter SKY was not there, because she hated him!!!!
  • by good job Location: federal government on Mar 18, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    How many illegals has the federal government caught in East Tennessee this year? Of those caught, how many have been made an example like Mr. Sutton?
  • by Bill Location: Gatlinburg on Mar 18, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time
  • by Petedog Location: Oakridge on Mar 18, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    The Wife of "popcorn" should sue the state for Murder. I mean really. Should have just left the guy alone. Just boils down to not being able to get tax money off the liquor.

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