(IntegrityPress.org) – Gareth Pursehouse, the man responsible for the murder of Amie Harwick, the former fiancée of comedian Drew Carey, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Amie, a 38-year-old therapist, was strangled before falling from a third-floor balcony in February 2020.
The 45-year-old Pursehouse was convicted of first-degree murder in September following a two-day jury deliberation. Prosecutors asserted that he unlawfully entered Amie’s Los Angeles residence on February 15, 2020, waiting for her return to launch the attack. Subsequently, he strangled the renowned marriage and sex counselor before throwing her off the balcony.
The autopsy conducted by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that Amie’s cause of death was “blunt force injuries of the head and torso” with evidence of “manual strangulation.”
During the trial, prosecutors contended that Pursehouse struggled to move on from his relationship with Amie, which had ended around 18 months prior to her murder. Amie had sought restraining orders against Pursehouse, securing a temporary one in 2011 that was later dismissed due to her absence at a follow-up hearing. In April 2012, she was granted a request for protection, although the order had expired two weeks before her tragic death.
A friend of Amie, Rudy Torres, described Pursehouse as a stalker who struggled to cope with the breakup. Despite the couple’s “amicable split” in 2018, Amie remained apprehensive about Pursehouse.
Drew Carey, visibly emotional, paid tribute to Amie on his radio show, expressing deep sorrow over her death. He described her as beautiful, fun, and deeply caring, emphasizing the love they still shared even after their breakup. Carey disclosed that Amie had been “deathly afraid” of Pursehouse, even during their relationship. The comedian mourned her loss, stating that he was “so in love with her” and that she loved him back.
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