A year after running over his ex-girlfriend with his vehicle, Jordan Looper now faces jail time and a multi-million-dollar civil lawsuit for his actions.
Looper, 29, pleaded guilty of attempted second-degree murder charge on Monday after he was originally indicted with attempted first-degree murder last December. Attempted second-degree murder is a class B felony, which carries a sentence of eight to 12 years in prison. Looper has a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 25.
In addition to the plea, Looper’s ex-girlfriend Whitney Wiser filed a civil lawsuit against him on Monday for $2.5 million in damages related to the incident.
According to the lawsuit, Wiser and Looper ended a relationship early in September 2011. Looper asked to reconcile with Wiser — and she agreed to meet with him at the parking lot outside Dell Inc. where she worked.
Wiser told Looper “it would be best for them to part and go their separate ways,” according to the suit filed in Davidson County Circuit Court. As she exited Looper’s vehicle and crossed the parking lot, Looper struck her with his car.
A police affidavit said Wiser was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious bodily injury, and the lawsuit later claimed steel rods and screws had to be inserted into her spine to save her life.
Wiser is suing for damages for physical and emotional injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earning and other consequential damages.
The suit asks for $2.5 million in compensatory damages along with punitive damages to “deter the Defendant from taking like actions in the future.”
Looper and Wiser were both successful bodybuilders. According to the International Federation of BodyBuilding, Looper placed 10th in the North American championships in 2011. Wiser competed in National Physique Committee contests earlier this year, according to the NPC website.