A Springfield man accused of terrorizing a Hendersonville family in June of 2019 by first shooting their beloved pets and then trying to gain access into their home while carrying a shotgun, recently reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Phillip Looper, 68, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, aggravated stalking and two counts of trespassing for two incidents that occurred in May and June of 2019 at a home on Anderson Road.
Looper is alleged to have threatened the victim and her dogs in May of 2019. He returned a month later and shot the dogs with a handgun before retrieving a shot gun from his truck and trying to enter the house, according to court documents.
The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office issued a Code Red alert at the time of the June incident with a description of Looper and the white truck he was driving. He was captured a day later in the home’s driveway, where he had returned with a loaded gun.
In July of 2019, the home’s owner told Sumner County Judge James Hunter that she did not know Looper or why he appeared to be targeting her family. She asked for an order of protection against him, which the judge granted. Looper, who was released on bond, was also ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as well as wear a GPS monitoring device.
The Springfield man pleaded guilty to three charges on Dec. 14 – two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated assault. As part of the plea agreement, the other four charges were dismissed.
Looper will be sentenced for his crimes on March 26 by Criminal Court Judge Dee Gay.
According to the agreement, Gay can sentence Looper to a maximum amount of five years in jail or prison, according to Daniel Daugherty, the assistant district attorney trying the case.
When asked if he knows why Looper appeared to target the family, Daugherty declined to say, but added he expects that to come out during the sentencing hearing.
“The real meat and potatoes could be at the sentencing hearing,” he said.
Daugherty says that Looper will remain on a GPS monitor until that time.
Looper’s victim has filed a lawsuit against him in Sumner County Chancery Court seeking $1 million in damages.