Hurwitz facing up to 15 years in prison
Convicted Portland murder Larry Hurwitz is facing up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted of drug and illegal money charges in California.
Mike and Penny Moreau, the parents of the man Hurwitz killed in 1990, learned about the potential maximum sentence when they attended a pre-trial hearing in the new case in Orange County Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 9. Another pre-trial hearing was set for Thursday, Oct. 17.
The Moreau's also learned that Oregon has secured a hold on Hurwitz that will prevent him from being released after the case concludes in California. Instead, he will be returned to Multnomah County for violating the terms of his post-release supervision, which prohibited him from visiting California.
"We are unhappy with the delay, but we are happy that he will be staying in jail. We're prepared to continue following the case closely, and are prepared to come back for the next hearing," Mike Moreau said.
Hurwitz was arrested in Huntington Beach on June 27 after being caught with 4.4 pounds of cocaine and $328,000 in cash. He was initially pulled over for talking on a cell phone while driver. According to the arrest report, the officer thought Hurwitz was acting extremely nervous, and a grocery bag with a large amount of cash was clearly visible in the back seat. The officer also smelled burnt marijuana. A subsequent search of the car turned up the cocaine in one grocery bag and the cash in two others.
Hurwitz originally denied knowing anything about the drugs or money. But in a subsequent interview after being arrested, Hurwitz said the cash belonged to him. He claimed he earned it as a "producer" in Portland in the 1980s and 1990s, and had taken it out of a Merril Lynch account. The police did not believe Hurwitz, and US. Department of Homeland Secuirty seized it as illegal drug profits.
Hurwitz owned the Starry Night rock club in 1990 when he murdered Tim Moreau, his promotion manager, to cover up his own involvement in a counterfeit ticket scheme. Hurwitz pleaded no contest to murder charges in 1999 and then admitted to killing Moreau to settle a civil wrongful death suit brought by his parents, Mike and Penny, in 2001. Hurwitz also agreed to pay the Moreaus $3 million for the death, but has only paid a small fraction of that since being released in 2008.
The Moreau's said the arrest has reenergized their commitment to hold Hurwitz fully accountable for the murder of their son. Their attorney has registered their judgement in Orange County Superior Court to claim as much of the cash as possible.
"It would be a concrete way to know that we are effective in holding him accountable for the murder of our son," said Mike Moreau, explaining that Hurwitz has only began making payments of just $225 per quarter toward the settlement.
After being released from prison in Oregon in 2008, Hurwitz was repeatedly caught traveling out of state without permission by Multnomah County Parole and Probation officials, who are charged with supervising him. He has been placed on house arrest, required to wear a GPS monitoring device, and made to perform community service, according to post-release supervision records obtained by the Portland Tribune through a public records request.
Although Hurwitz was required to wear a GPS device as recently as last December, he was not wearing one when he was arrested in California.
You can read pervious stories about the case at pamplinmedia.com/starry-night-murder.
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