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Murder near the Sacramento River: Man convicted of killing, slicing neck of homeless men

Kenneth Wayne Hill.
Kenneth Wayne Hill. Sacramento Police Department

A man has been found guilty in Sacramento Superior Court of murdering one homeless man near the Sacramento River and slicing the neck of another.

A jury found Kenneth Wayne Hill, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Luis Cortez, a 34-year-old homeless man whose body was found Oct. 19, 2015, near the Sacramento River bike trail and Jibboom Street.

Hill was also found guilty in the attempted murder of Hwan Chong, who was homeless and mentally ill, according to a news release from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Chong’s neck was sliced in an attack on Aug. 16, 2015, but he survived.

Hill claimed that in both attacks that the other men were trying to rape him and that he was only trying to defend himself. The jury also found that Hill was sane at the time he committed both crimes.

Hill faces a maximum sentence of 39 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews