Well-known referee could spend years in prison

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

He was once a well known referee across the coverage area, but now he could spend 15 years in prison.

A Letcher County jury convicted Tommy Hutton on two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

Police said it all started when neighbors complained about too many people coming in and out of Tommy Hutton's home.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office said Hutton had a very unique reason for the amount of traffic that was coming through his street. Damron and Sheriff Danny web said he showed up to the sheriff's office one day with two bottles of barbecue sauce and said he was merely selling it and that was why so many cars were coming through. This was after his name was allegedly tied to a drug investigation on former teacher and coach J.J. Wright of Fleming-Neon.

Officials said that the barbecue excuse was a lie. Undercover video shows Hutton's "barbeque sauce" was actually pills.

“So anytime you know you want some, you can holler at me and said you wanna stop by and said you want some more of that barbeque sauce, you can stop by, you know?” said Hutton on the video.
“Because I got these here, and when I got these here, I'm gonna lay low I am gonna watch.”

The video also suggested Hutton was actually negotiated a drug deal just before refereeing a basketball game.

“You got quite a bit left?” said the buyer.
“I got about 20. I have got to leave here about 4:30 or 5:30. The game is 5:30, so I will leave here by 5:00 but I will be back tonight around, said, 9:00? You want to call after 9?” replied Hutton.
“Just whatever time he does you know,” said the buyer.

Commonwealth's Attorney Edison Banks said Hutton testified that he got the pills from former Wright to sell. Banks said Wright recently pleaded guilty in another drug case and is now in drug court.

Officials said Hutton was indicted on murder charges for killing a man in 1979 and was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree in 1980.
he served five years behind bars.

Hutton was a longtime official in the 14th and 15th regions, and he also worked several state tournament games.

He will be formally sentenced on June 13.


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