Cecil Eugene Looney was denied early release from prison Tuesday.

Looney was sentenced to 80 years in prison for the 1994 shooting of Arab resident and Guntersville police officer Tommy Bishop.

Bishop died on Jan. 1, 2010, with Looney’s bullet still lodged in his spine.

Looney has served 26 years and nine months of his sentenced.

The bullet severed Tommy Bishop’s spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the waist down for 16 years until his death.

Cecil Eugene Looney was convicted of shooting Bishop on the early morning of July 16, 1993. Looney, 27, at the time, also shot and injured his wife, Tammy, at their home in Guntersville.

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