Gareth Pursehouse, the ex-boyfriend of Amie Harwick, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Harwick. The sentencing took place in Los Angeles, California. Pursehouse was found guilty of first-degree murder with a special circumstance allegation in September after a jury deliberated for two days.
Prosecutors accused Pursehouse, 45, of breaking into Harwick’s Los Angeles home on February 15, 2020, and waiting for her to return before attacking her. He then strangled the prominent marriage and sex therapist and threw her off the balcony of her third-floor apartment. Harwick, 38, died from blunt force injuries of the head and torso, as well as evidence of manual strangulation, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Pursehouse was unable to move on from his relationship with Harwick, which had ended years prior. Harwick had sought restraining orders against Pursehouse in the past, with a temporary order in 2011 and a granted request for protection in 2012. However, the latter order had expired two weeks before her death.
Amie Harwick was previously engaged to Drew Carey, the host of “The Price Is Right.” Carey described Harwick as beautiful, fun, and caring deeply about people. He also revealed that Harwick had been “deathly afraid” of Pursehouse, even during their relationship.