Defense seeks reduced sentence for former cyber command officer

The former deputy director of the Cyber Center for Excellence at Fort Gordon will ask the federal judge for a shorter prison term when he is sentenced for possession of child pornography.


Jonathan Hurwitz, 49, pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court in January. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 4.

The defense filed a motion asking U.S. Chief Judge J. Randal Hall to depart from the federal sentencing guideline range of 97 to 121 months in prison.

Hurwitz’s attorney will ask the judge to consider in mitigation the short period of time Hurwitz had access to the child pornography files he downloaded between June 22 and June 25, 2016. Before he came to the attention of law enforcement and a search warrant was executed at his Evans home on Sept. 8, 2016, Hurwitz had already deleted the images and video from his computer and thought the images were no longer accessible. It took a sophisticated computer forensics software program to find the images on the hard drive, according to the motion.

Hurwitz fully cooperated with the investigators and pleaded guilty as soon as possible, according to the motion. The defense asks the judge to consider his 20-plus years of service in the Army, during which time he was awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Hurwitz’s deployments included North Korea, Pakistan, Egypt and Afghanistan. He reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Hurwitz, who has been in custody since his arrest, will ask the judge for a five-year prison term. Federal sentences are served without parole.

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