Byron Looper

American convicted murderer and political assassin Byron Looper

"Lowtax" redirects here. For the founder of the comedy website Something Awful, see Something Awful. En:Byron LooperBorn Byron Anthony Looper Template:Safesubst:September 15, 1964 (age 47) Template:Safesubst:Cookeville, TennesseeDied Template:Safesubst: Template:Safesubst:Charge(s) Murder of his political opponent, Tommy BurksConviction(s) GuiltyStatus Serving life sentence without parole This biographical article needs additional citations for verification.
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26 June 2013
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Morgan County

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  • 2013
    Age 48
    Looper was found dead in his prison cell on June 26, 2013.
  • 2001
    Age 36
    In December 2001, Looper was the subject of episode 163 of American Justice entitled "Eliminating the Competition".
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    In 2001 or 2002, Looper sued a TV station and individual station personnel for depicting him unfavorably in a broadcast interview.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    In 2000, 2002, and 2006, deputy county assessor John Lower Taxes Loew ran for office of Los Angeles County Assessor. In 2000, Loew received less than 1% of the vote in the special election to fill a vacancy in the office.
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    In August 2000, Looper was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.
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    Looper's jury trial for murder finally occurred in 2000 after several delays as Looper changed attorneys and his attorneys filed motions requesting changes in the judge and trial location.
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  • 1999
    Age 34
    The ouster suit led, on January 26, 1999, to Looper's being officially removed from the public office of property assessor.
  • 1998
    Age 33
    After Looper's removal from office and conviction for murder, prosecutors decided not to pursue the criminal indictments filed in March 1998.
    On October 30, 1998, after Looper had been arrested and jailed for the murder of Tommy Burks, the Putnam County attorney and ten citizens filed petitions to oust him from the office of tax assessor.
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    Looper later turned up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he met with a friend, Marine recruiter Joe Bond. Bond and Looper had been friends as children, and Looper had rekindled the friendship in the summer of 1998, largely on the basis of wanting Bond's expertise in small arms.
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    He was expected to win re-election easily in 1998.
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    In the August 1998 primary, Looper sought the Republican nominations for both the Tennessee's 6th congressional district and the Tennessee State Senate.
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    In March 1998, following an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Looper was indicted on 14 counts of official misconduct, theft of services and official oppression for theft, misuse of county property and misuse of county employees.
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  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996, he legally changed his middle name from Anthony to "(Low Tax)" and ran successfully for the post of Putnam County tax assessor, defeating a 14-year incumbent after a campaign in which he did not make public appearances or participate in debates, instead relying heavily on negative campaign ads.
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  • 1994
    Age 29
    He lost a race for the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1994, when he ran against incumbent legislator Jere Hargrove.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    In 1992, Looper returned to Tennessee and became a Republican.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    He continued his political involvement as an officer in the Georgia Young Democrats organization and as a campaign worker in Al Gore's 1988 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential campaign.
    In 1988, Looper ran for the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat, losing to Wyc Orr in the Democratic primary.
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  • 1983
    Age 18
    Looper attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1983 to 1985, but was given an honorable discharge following what he says was a serious knee injury.
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  • 1964
    Born on September 15, 1964.
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