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Dairy Queen


Suttner committed suicide by shooting himself outside of his family’s home. The manager of the Dairy Queen, Harley Branham, where Suttner was employed had harrassed him over the course of several months leading up to his death. An investigation was requested by the local coroner, and a coroner’s inquest was conducted. Jurors empaneled to hear the case listened to more than 6 hours of testimony from nearly 20 witnesses before recommending criminal charges. Jurors concluded that the manager was the principal in the cause of death and that Dairy Queen negligently failed to properly train employees about harassment prevention and resolution. Jurors also found that Glasgow Public School District was negligent in failing to prevent bullying. The inquest concluded that all of those were factors that caused Suttner to commit suicide.


Special Prosecutor April Wilson

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December 21, 2016

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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
Kenneth Suttner 17 Unavailable Dairy Queen Fatality


Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
Harley Branham Individual Manager Pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor Branham was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days house arrest.
Penal Crimes Charged

Second Degree Involuntary Manslaughter; Aggravated Stalking (2 counts); Third-Degree Assault (2 counts); First-degree Harassment (2 counts)

Other Crimes Charged