Sierra student stabber has Jan. 14 sentencing date for murder attempt

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Days after two Sierra College nursing-student “guardian angels” were lauded at a Board of Supervisors meeting for saving his victim’s life, 23-year-old Paul Heintz learned in a Placer County courtroom that he’ll be sentenced for attempted murder Jan. 12. Superior Court Judge Colleen Nichols chose the January date today. The sentencing hearing could lead to a prison term of up to 13 years for the ex-Sierra College student. Heintz was convicted in September of a vicious March 24, 2009, attack at Sierra College’s Rocklin campus on a former friend involved in a love triangle with a woman both had dated. As horrified students looked on, Heintz started stabbing Auburn’s Alex Abrahamian with a knife after running up to him from behind. Abrahamian was stabbed at least six times before Heintz was pulled off him. Abrahamian, a University of California, San Luis Obispo student, has since recovered after going through surgeries on his abdomen and a hand. His mother, Yvonne Abrahamian, said this week that her son is back at Cal Poly. Abrahamian had tears in her eyes after Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors as she talked with pre-nursing students Kimberly Black of Roseville and Bethany Lilly of Orangevale. The two had come to the aid of the younger Abrahamian to prevent him from bleeding out. Black and Lilly said they used whatever they could find to stop the bleeding, from a feminine napkin to the victim’s sweater. Abrahamian, 21, was on spring break and meeting a friend to go to a movie when the afternoon assault took place. “He’s back in school thanks to these guys,” Yvonne Abrahamian said. Garen Horst, Senior Deputy District Attorney, presented the two women with Citizen Recognition Awards, describing them as Abrahamian’s “guardian angels. Cameron Gilbert, a Newcastle resident, was credited with probably saving the victim’s life for pushing Heintz off the victim and stopping the attack from continuing. Heintz will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 12 in Dept. 32 at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville.