NEW INFO: Wife Says Moonshiner Took His Own Life

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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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.


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  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:23 PM
    I'm a southern man myself and proud to be one but lmao at all the dumb hicks on this site praising a criminal, blaming obama for everything and thinking the south will rise again BWAHAAHAHAHAHA. And you're answer to anyone who is different from you and questions your views is "MOVE AWAY YOU YANKEE" because you cant have an intelligent argument. Blast, you people are hilarious and you're not even trying to be funny haha.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 19, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    I like you Sam... my father's name was Sam. ...He was a Vietnam Vet... and the biggest dope head I've ever known... but he raised one tough chick... and I loved him like I thought I couldn't love anyone. ...That name alone makes me have some kind of weird respect for you... but John Wayne...? .. John Wayne can kiss my @$$!
  • by joseph Location: Snow Hill on Mar 19, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    I met this man about 13 years ago with my parents on vacation in maggie vallie. He was a cool old guy. Sorry he had to go this way. Good luck to his family. And the goverment just lost a good paying citixen
  • by Well on Mar 19, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    By the way, talke about not playing by the rules, I voted for GWB twice. It appears like the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of voters saw what I saw; he used his own edition of the rule book. Even members of his own cabinet have admitted or alluded to as much.
  • by Well on Mar 19, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    Then you would use "Obama's" federally appointed Attorney General to bring him down with federal laws because, God forbid he did something that harmed you and yours on a personal level.
  • by Well on Mar 19, 2009 at 03:13 PM
    The data says it all. Something that leads to death is obviously HARMFUL!!! Anywhere you research, it shows that alcohol leads to more death than any other substance. Go to your local mental health health management center and ask a licensed substance abuse professional and you will be told the very same thing. Alcohol use/abuse is normally the pathway to other substances. And by the way, during prohibition, when alchohol was ILLEGAL, they not only robbed; they killed in open day light in cold blood and robbed each other. These were some of America's worst thugs ever. Additionally many college-age women are raped or sexually abused;not because they smoked crack. It is because they drank too much alcohol at college parties or have date-rape style drugs placed into their alcohol. Spin this anyway you want; the man was a CRIMINAL. If he would have sold some bad hooch to one of your offspring and it resulted in death; you are the type that would immediatley call for him to be hanged
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 19, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    There is a double standard in this country.Everyone but Obama's chosen people have to play by the rules. His people never play by the rules, not even during the crooked election that put him in office.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 19, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    Say what you want. I don't drink, but I'll say this. Alcohol is NOT AS HARMFUL as cocaine, Crack , and Meth. How many times do you see people robbing to go buy a bottle? Or how many women do you see becoming prostitutes to get money to go to the ABC store?
  • by me Location: Washington on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    I don't understand how lil'wayne can go on public tv and admit to using pot and he can get away with it but god forbid an ordanary guy try to make a living. PS.I am proud to be a redneck hick.Born and raised in the boondocks!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    All of you go nuts over some backwoods, inbred criminal, don't you?
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