Thailand’s infamous ‘Popcorn Gunman’ gets 37 years in jail
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Thailand’s infamous ‘Popcorn Gunman’ gets 37 years in jail

BANGKOK (AP) — A gunman in Thailand who wounded four people, one fatally, when he opened fire in front of scores of witnesses during a political confrontation in 2014 has been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

Vivat Yodprasit attained iconic status as the “Popcorn Gunman” because he concealed his assault rifle inside a large bag with the logo of a popcorn company as he fired.

He became a folk hero for the side he was supporting — a mob that sought to block an election called by the government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

T-shirts emblazoned with the popcorn logo became popular.

The Criminal Court found him guilty Thursday of murder, attempted murder and several weapons charges. The murder victim was a soft drink vendor who died seven months after being shot.

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