The sentencing of Jonathan Hearn, who admitted to plotting with his lover in the death of her husband before gunning the other man down, was postponed Thursday.
Hearn's sentencing hearing, in which he's set to receive 25 years and four months in prison, was postponed to Nov. 3, the same date as the sentencing of Sabrina Limon, his former lover. She was convicted earlier this month of murder and other crimes in her husband's death.
Thursday's hearing was postponed so the family of victim Robert Limon only has to make the trip from outside the county to Bakersfield once, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sabrina Limon faces a life sentence.
According to prosecutors, she conspired with Hearn, a former Redlands firefighter, in the 2014 killing of her husband so they could be together and eventually marry. The two had been carrying on an affair for years.
The jury found true allegations that Sabrina Limon told Hearn how to get to her husband's Tehachapi workplace and told him what hours he was working the day of the killing. It also found true that she used a burner phone to communicate with Hearn in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement.
Defense attorney Richard Terry had argued Hearn acted alone and Sabrina Limon had no knowledge of his plan to kill her husband.
Hearn testified at her trial as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors dismissed a murder charge and instead allowed him to enter no contest pleas to voluntary manslaughter, among other charges.
In addition to Hearn's testimony, prosecutor Eric Smith presented dozens of text messages and wiretapped phone calls between Hearn and Sabrina Limon for the jury. In them, the couple professes their love for each other and discusses details of the investigation, including what she should tell the lead investigator.