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Heintz sentenced to 11 years in prison

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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A Rocklin man convicted of attempted murder after stabbing a former classmate on the Sierra College campus has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. On March 24, 2009, Paul Heintz stabbed his former, friend Alex Abrahamian of Auburn, in the torso multiple times in what has been called an act of jealousy. The attack occurred after a falling out the friends had over a woman both Heintz and Abrahamian dated. In the October 2010 trial, Heintz was found guilty of attempted murder. The jury found the allegation that it was a willful, deliberate and premeditated attack to be untrue. Heintz was also found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury during the incident. Statements from the victim and his family as well as Heintz and his father were read Feb. 9 when the sentencing was delayed. At that time, Heintz’s attorney Tim Balcom and Prosecutor Jeff Wilson also had the opportunity to give last comments. Wilson said Abrahamian came only inches away from being killed during the 2009 attack. “It was merely fortuitous that this wasn’t a murder case,” Wilson said. Laura Conrad, a victim advocate with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, read statements from Abrahamian and his mother Yvonne Abrahamian during the Feb. 9 sentencing delay. “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.” In Alex Abrahamian’s statement, he said that he was most angry at the opportunities he missed because of 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.” Following Friday’s sentencing, Yvonne Abrahamian gathered with friends and family members. “I’m just glad it’s over,” she said. “It shouldn’t have ever happened.” Alex Abrahamian was not present, but Yvonne Abrahamian said he was doing well. He is back to school at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, but his recovery added an extra quarter of schooling, she said. Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols said a hearing for restitution would be set in the near future. Nichols also said that a credit of 825 days would be taken from Heintz’s 11-year sentence as Heintz has been in custody since March 24, 2009. Outside the courtroom, Balcom said he was satisfied with the outcome. “We were hoping for a lower sentencing,” he said. “The judge could have gone lower and could have gone higher. The family is certainly sad … it’s been a very hard two years for everyone.”