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Michael Jon Hirschey murder 5/8/2003 Park City, UT *”Wedgie Killer” Erik Kurtis Low pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 1-16 years in prison*

From Low’s appeal: Low met Hirschey, Kevin McCall, and Darick Touchette at a bar in Park City, Utah, on May 7, 2003.   The group later went to Hirschey’s apartment and began ingesting cocaine.   As Low was preparing his portion of the cocaine for smoking, Hirschey objected to Low’s choice to smoke, rather than snort.   Touchette then knocked the cocaine out of Low’s hand and ground it into the carpet.   While Low was on the ground looking for the cocaine, Touchette and Hirschey ridiculed him and called him a “loser.”

Later that night, Hirschey showed the others his gun collection, which included a .357 magnum handgun.   During the course of the evening, Low was the continued recipient of more teasing, manhandling, and threats.   While Low was urinating, Hirschey grabbed him by the neck from behind, hit him on the back of the head, and told him that if he ratted on Hirschey or his friends, Hirschey would “waste him.”   Later, Hirschey, who had been a successful competitive wrestler, flipped Low onto the floor and wrestled with him on the ground, causing Low’s neck to become sore.   McCall and Hirschey then pushed Low’s legs up over his shoulders while stepping on his groin in an apparent attempt to “alleviate” the neck pain.   Following this incident, Low went to the back of the apartment for approximately twenty minutes, then returned to the living room and passed out on the floor.   While Low was passed out, Hirschey poured five large tumblers of water on him, picked him up and slammed him into a chair, and tried to force him to drink a large bottle of hot water.   When Low got up to walk to the back of the apartment, Hirschey followed him and gave him a “wedgie” by grabbing the back of Low’s underwear and lifting it up with both hands.

Ten or fifteen seconds after Low and Hirschey left the living room, McCall heard someone say “Oh” and then heard a pop.   Low then walked back into the living room.   McCall could see Hirschey’s feet sticking out into the hallway and asked Low what happened, to which Low responded, “He is dead.”   McCall got out his cell phone to call 911, but Low took McCall’s hand and pushed the cell phone back into his pocket.   Low then asked McCall for his car keys, which McCall dropped on the floor before running outside.   Once outside the apartment, McCall hid under a car and called 911.

When police officers arrived at the apartment complex, Officer Ron King parked his cruiser facing a football field adjacent to the apartment complex because dispatch had reported that a person was seen walking toward the field.   Officer King’s headlights were shining toward a group of three trees next to a fence dividing the apartment complex from the football field.   At that point, Low emerged and approached Officer King. Officer King ordered Low to stop, at which point Low said, “I’m the one you’re looking for” and “I have something for you.”   Officer King asked what the “something” was, and Low responded that it was a “.357 mag.”   Officer King searched Low and found a .357 magnum handgun tucked in the front of Low’s waistband.

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INMATE INFORMATION

ErikLow prison mug

Offender Number: 168890
Offender Name: ERIK KURTIS LOW
DOB: Sat, 13 Jan 1968
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches
Weight: 200
Sex: M
Location: CENTRAL UTAH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Housing Facility: CUCF BOULDER
Parole Date: 02/16/2021
Aliases:
ERIK KURTIS LOW

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