Jonathan Hearn has been charged in the death of Robert Limon

By Tara Fowler
Updated November 22, 2014 05:00 PM
Sabrina SanMillan Limon/Facebook

In what might sound like the plot to a trashy romance novel gone wrong, a woman’s firefighter lover was arrested Tuesday in connection with her husband’s murder.

The body of 38-year-old Robert Limon was discovered on Aug. 17 inside a BNSF Railway shop area in Tehachapi, California, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release on Wednesday.

A few weeks after his death, his wife, Sabrina, 35, posted a tribute to her husband on Facebook, writing on Sept. 9: “Robert showed his love, compassion, hardworking skills, and genuine kindness to everyone he met.”

She added: “I will never let Rob’s love die or fade out. I will carry it with me wherever I go, and remind our children of it daily as they grow.”

But according to police, the woman who promised to never forget her husband was actually having an affair with a firefighter 11 years her junior, and Robert’s murder may have come at the hands of her alleged lover.

An autopsy determined that Limon was shot to death, and after a three-month investigation 24-year-old Jonathan Michael Hearn was taken into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

“Jonathan Hearn had become involved in a romantic relationship with Sabrina Limon in the months leading up to Robert Limon’s murder,” said Ray Pruitt from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, according to the Kern Golden Empire.

Detectives also arrested Sabrina on Tuesday in connection with the crime, but the Kern County District Attorney’s office will not move forward with the charges against her due to insufficient evidence, Deputy D.A. Esther Schlaerth said, the Victorville Daily Press reports.

For his part, Hearn is due back in court on Dec. 5, according to court records obtained by the Victorville Daily Press.

“This is the United States of America,” Hearn’s lawyer, Clayton Campbell, told the paper. “Just because you’re accused, it doesn’t mean you’re guilty.”

The Kern County Sheriff’s Department and the D.A.’s Office did not immediately respond to calls for comment from PEOPLE.

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