Wednesday Jan 19 2011
Sierra stabber sentencing put on hold
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
The sentencing for Paul Heintz has been delayed. Heintz was found guilty of attempted murder after stabbing his former friend on the Sierra College Rocklin campus March 24, 2009 over an alleged love triangle. The sentencing delay was caused by the judge’s scheduling conflict. The initial sentencing was scheduled for the morning of Jan. 12 at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. A new date for the sentencing has not yet been set. According to Heintz’s attorney Tim Balcom, Heintz could face up to 13 years in prison. Balcom also said the 23-year-old will not face a life in prison term because the jury did not believe Heintz planned the attack. On March 24, 2009, Heintz stabbed ex-Sierra College student Alex Abrahamian of Auburn in the torso multiple times. The attack was the result of an alleged love triangle over a woman who both Heintz and Abrahamian had dated. Abrahamian, who currently attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, was visiting his girlfriend Kelly Conroy on the Sierra College campus during spring break when the attack occurred, he testified in the October 2010 trial. Almost a year previous, Conroy had dated Heintz, but their relationship halted and they tried to remain friends. Heintz testified that he could not forgive Abrahamian for dating Conroy. During the October 2010 trial, 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 stabbing. He was also found guilty of attempted murder. After the attack, Abrahamian was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where he underwent three surgeries for the stab wounds — two on his abdomen and one on his hand. Abrahamian has since recovered and testified during the trial. Following the trial, Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols said a sentencing date would be set to have Abrahamian present. A new sentencing date has not been announced yet.