Thursday, April 03, 2008

Free Popcorn

Famed Cocke County, TN moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton has cut a deal with authorities:

Sutton, a Cocke County resident infamous across the country for both his skills and his arrest record as a moonshiner, agreed Thursday to a plea deal in Greeneville's District Court.

Sutton entered guilty pleas to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and to one count of knowingly distilling spirits. The first charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The second carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Also as part of his plea agreement, Sutton agreed to allow his moonshining photos and videos to be used to "deter others" from committing crimes as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Sentencing for Sutton will take place on August 4. He'll remain free on bond until that date.

I find it hard to understand why authorities are wasting their time on this.

Cross posted at Appalachian Scribe

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