Sabrina Limon confers with her trial attorney, Richard Terry, during her trial on charges including first-degree murder last year. She's set to be sentenced on Feb. 21. 

Felix Adamo / The Californian

Convicted in October of murder in the death of her husband, Sabrina Limon has since been the subject of a Dateline NBC episode and a true crime book.

On Wednesday, more than three years since Limon's husband was shot dead by her lover in a Tehachapi railway yard, her case may come to an end.

Limon, 38, is set for two hearings before Judge John R. Brownlee, who presided over her trial. The first hearing is a motion for a new trial; if that's denied, Limon's sentencing hearing will then be held. 

She faces a life term in prison. 

A jury found true that Limon told her lover, former Redlands firefighter Jonathan Hearn, how to get to her husband's workplace and what hours he would be working on Aug. 17, 2014, the day of his death. It also found true that she used a disposable "burner" phone to communicate with Hearn in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement.

During three days of testimony, Limon admitted to the affair with Hearn but said she knew nothing of his plans to kill her husband. 

Hearn, who accepted a plea agreement in return for testifying at Limon's trial, was sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison. He admitted to gunning down Robert Limon after spending months plotting his death with Sabrina Limon.

Limon's new attorney, Sharon Beth Marshall, said in a motion for a new trial that her client's trial attorney should never have put her on the stand. Marshall said Limon's testimony "was nothing short of abysmal."

She argued trial attorney Richard Terry failed to properly prepare Limon and also failed to call appropriate defense witnesses such as the grief therapist Limon saw after her husband's death, an expert to testify as to her body language and statements to police and an expert on Hearn' s behavior, statements and writings.

Limon fired Terry after her conviction and retained Marshall.

Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a response filed to the motion that there was "ample evidence" — including hundreds of wiretapped phone calls between Limon and Hearn — to find her guilty whether she testified or not. He said Limon was advised of her constitutional right to remain silent and said "yes" in court when asked if she wanted to testify.

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