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California firefighter faces murder charges in alleged love triangle

California firefighter will appear in court Thursday in connection with killing of alleged lover's husband

A Redlands firefighter and his alleged lover are expected to appear in court Thursday to face murder and conspiracy charges in the death of her husband in a suspected love triangle.

Redlands Firefighter Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, of Hesperia and Sabrina Limon, 35, of Helendale, were taken into custody Tuesday. Authorities say they conspired to kill her husband, Robert Limon.

Limon was found dead Aug. 17 inside a BNSF Railway shop in the 1500 block of Goodrick Drive in Tehachapi. The railway worker had been shot multiple times in the upper torso, said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

During the initial stages of the three-month-long investigation, Hearn was not a suspect and his name never came up, Pruitt said.

But as detectives investigated hundreds of leads, they learned that Hearn and Sabrina Limon were in a relationship that lasted several months after her husband's death.

Details about how detectives were able to link Sabrina Limon and Hearn to her husband's death were not revealed, but Pruitt said they had "probable cause."

Hearn has worked in the fire service for nearly a decade and co-authored a book, "Firefighter Story: Candor and Courage," according to his website.

The website was dedicated to allowing firefighters to share stories of their struggles and job hazards. According to the website, it was "inspired by Sabrina L."

Sabrina Limon wrote about her grief over her husband's killing in a Sept. 8 Facebook post.

She wrote, "Words can not being to express my thankful heart. Robert showed his love, compassion, hardworking skills, and genuine kindness to everyone he met.

"Through this pain and unbelievable tragedy, Robs love continues on. The love and kindness given back to me and our kid's has been overwhelming."

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