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Citrus Heights police make arrest in October homicide

Published: Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Citrus Heights police have arrested a 34-year-old man in the October killing of a disabled man.

Police declined to release the suspect’s name, citing concerns that it might affect the ongoing investigation. However, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office identified the suspect as Joshua Phillip Lowery.

Lowery, who was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail early Thursday, is accused in the death of Christopher Sorgani, 49. Sorgani was beaten Oct. 23 and died four days later as the result of his injuries.

Lowery was arraigned on a single murder charge Friday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman for the DA’s Office. The DA’s complaint against Lowery alleges he used a hammer in the attack, which occurred just after 6:30 p.m. in the 7700 block of Greenback Lane. Lowery, who was physically disabled, got off work at the Economic Development Department in Sacramento about 5 p.m. and took Regional Transit buses and light rail home to Citrus Heights, where he was later found beaten on the sidewalk in front of the Spring Creek Apartments.

Police described the assault as a “stranger attack” with no apparent motive.

In a news release Friday, police said that help from the news media in reporting the case led citizens to provide important information to detectives. The information led to Lowery’s arrest.

According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, Lowery has an extensive criminal history in the county, dating back to 2000. He was in court as recently as Wednesday, when he was acquitted of a charge of failing to register as a sex offender – a charge he has faced multiple times in recent years, according to court records.

Since 2000, Lowery has been convicted of felonies including assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree burglary and petty theft with a prior conviction, the records show. He also has been convicted of misdemeanors, including defrauding an innkeeper and soliciting anyone to engage in or who engages in lewd or “dissolute” conduct in a public place, according to the online records.

Lowery is scheduled to return to court March 17.

Call The Bee’s Kim Minugh, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Kim_Minugh.

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