Wednesday Feb 09 2011
Heintz to learn his fate March 11
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
Almost two years after the March 24, 2009 attack at the Sierra College campus, Paul Heintz has yet to be sentenced. But despite the delay, the stabbing victim and his mother spoke about the hardships they’ve endured since that fateful day. Heintz of Rocklin was found guilty of attempted murder during his October 2010 trial for stabbing his former friend Alex Abrahamian of Auburn in the torso multiple times during the 2009 attack. Heintz is scheduled to be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. March 11. He could face up to 13 years in prison, his attorney Tim Balcom said after the trial. Wednesday morning, family and friends of Heintz and Abrahamian gathered in a Roseville courtroom to hear the sentencing, but it was delayed due to legal issues. Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols said the issue affects the length of Heintz’s prison term. She didn’t elaborate in the courtroom Wednesday. Balcom and Prosecutor Jeff Wilson took the opportunity to reiterate key points from the trial. Wilson said Alex Abrahamian came only inches away from being killed after the stabbing. “It was merely fortuitous that this wasn’t a murder case,” Wilson said. Wilson questioned whether or not Heintz will be at risk for a repeat incident in the future, putting the public at risk. Wilson also said he was unsure if Heintz feels remorse for his actions. Balcom disagreed, saying that Heintz feels remorse for the March 2009 incident. “This has hurt him deeply,” Balcom said. Heintz also had the opportunity to give a last statement. “I never wanted to do anything like this – I would take it back if I could,” Heintz said. “I have to live with that.” Heintz’s father, George Heintz, also addressed the courtroom, apologizing to the Abrahamian family. George Heintz said his son is anxious to continue his education and has worked hard to keep in touch with family in friends. Laura Conrad, a victim advocate with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, read statements from Abrahamian and his mother Yvonne Abrahamian. “Can you fathom getting a call from a complete stranger telling you that your son, the light of your life, is possibly going to die?” Conrad said, reading Yvonne Abrahamian’s statement. “I forgive you but I will never forget that you attacked an innocent young man who attempted to be your friend. I fear for your enemies as well as your acquaintances.” Alex Abrahamian was not present, but Conrad read his victim-impact statement. In the statement, Alex Abrahamian said that he was most angry at the opportunities he missed due to his recovery time. “Enduring months of extreme pain, multiple hospital visits, and relearning to walk and run, were not in my plans for spring and summer that year,” Conrad read. “The scars that I have on my body act as a constant reminder of those very dark days that will haunt my memories forever.” On March 24, 2009, Alex Abrahamian was attacked from behind by Paul Heintz and stabbed in the torso multiple times on the Rocklin college campus. The attack stemmed from Paul Heintz’s feelings toward Kelly Conroy, a former Sierra College student. Conroy and Paul Heintz went on a few dates about a year before Conroy and Alex Abrahamian began dating. During the 2010 trial, the jury found the allegation that it was a willful, deliberate and premeditated attack to be untrue. Paul Heintz was also found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury during the incident. Paul Heintz’s sentencing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 11 at Dept. 13 in the Placer County Jail Courtroom.