A Kern County judge granted a five-day postponement Monday for the sentencing hearing of Sabrina Limon, convicted of murder and other crimes in the 2014 death of her husband.
Monday's ruling by Judge John R. Brownlee marks the second time Limon's sentencing hearing has been postponed. The sentencing — as well as a motion for a new trial — is now scheduled to be heard on Feb. 21.
Limon was originally scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3, but she fired her trial attorney, Richard Terry, replacing him with Woodland Hills-based lawyer Sharon Beth Marshall. After Marshall requested a postponement to prepare a motion for a new trial, sentencing was set for Feb. 16. Marshall on Monday then asked for another continuance.
Limon, 38, and her lover, Jonathan Hearn, carried on an affair for years before deciding to kill her husband, according to prosecutors and Hearn's testimony.
A jury found true allegations that Limon told Hearn, 27, how to get to the Tehachapi workplace of her husband, Robert Limon, and told him what hours he would be working on Aug. 17, 2014. It also found true that she used a disposable "burner" phone to communicate with Hearn in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement.
At trial, Sabrina Limon admitted the affair but said she knew nothing of Hearn's plans to kill her husband. She explained her failure to tell investigators about Hearn, even after they repeatedly asked if she or her husband had lovers, as an effort to preserve her and her husband's reputations.
Hearn admitted gunning down 38-year-old Robert Limon, and testified he and Sabrina Limon had previously tried to poison her husband by lacing banana pudding with arsenic. He said they abandoned that plan over fears of getting caught.
Limon faces 25 years to life in prison. Hearn in November was sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter, among other charges.