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Man sentenced to prison for murder, attempted murder of homeless men

A man convicted of murder and attempted murder in the 2015 attacks on two homeless men has been sentenced to 39 years to life in prison.

Kenneth Wayne Hill, 35, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Luis Cortez, 34, whose body was found Oct. 19, 2015, near the Sacramento River bike trail and Jibboom Street.

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

Hill claimed that Chong and Cortez attempted to rape him and that he was trying to defend himself.

Hill initially pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury found that he was sane at the time he committed both crimes.

He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy