This week marks the anniversary of a married couple murdered by their own son. It happened at the Pizza Plus in Tazewell County about 6 years ago. On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Deputies honored the victims by unveiling a new program. The reward money was from the murder case of Valerie and Dean Looney. The bodies of the couple were found at Pizza Plus in Cedar Bluff where they worked back in 2009. President and CEO of Pizza Plus, Daniel Morrison, presented the check. Last year, their son, Christopher Looney agreed to plead guilty to his parents murder. Christopher was arrested in 2013.
In honor and memory of the murder victims, deputies announced they are using the $10,000 reward money toward helping parents monitor their children when they surf the internet. Deputies said Computer Cop is a new program designed to stop internet predators by being part of the Internet Crimes Task Force. Anyone can get the new program. You can stop by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office in Tazewell to pick it up. The program is free.
Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said, “We think it’s very important for parents to be involved and to see who may
be e-mailing their children, what website their child is going on, and who may be sending them photos. Children don’t understand the dangerous world we live in today. We thought doing something to help protect the children in our county is something that Mr. and Mrs. Looney would certainly be behind. We talked to the family and they thought it was a great idea.”
President and CEO of Pizza Plus, Daniel Morrison, said, “Helping with cyber crime and cyber bullying would be a great scenario.”
Christopher Looney didn’t get the death penalty. Instead, he’ll spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.