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.
Authorities say famed Appalachian moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, who was scheduled to go to prison this week, has died.
The bearded, 62-year-old Parrottsville author of the book "Me and My Likker" pleaded guilty in April to two counts charging him with illegally producing distilled spirits and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
Sutton was expected to report to federal prison Friday to serve an 18-month sentence.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Cocke County Assistant District Attorney General Brownlow Marsh has not said how Sutton died but that his death is being investigated by authorities.
Sutton's attorney, Tim Moore, couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Moore filed notice last month he planned to appeal Sutton's case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.