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Man who attacked disabled Citrus Heights resident with hammer convicted of murder

A jury on Tuesday convicted Joshua Phillip Lowery of second-degree murder for killing a disabled man from Citrus Heights with a hammer, the Sacramento County District Attorney said.

Lowery, 38, killed 49-year-old Christopher Sorgani in Citrus Heights on Oct. 23, 2013, while Sorgani walked in the 7700 block of Greenback Lane, the DA’s Office said. Sorgani got off work at the Economic Development Department in Sacramento and took Regional Transit buses and light rail home. He sometimes walked the last stretch of his commute for exercise, according to the DA.

Lowery came up behind Sorgani and hit him in the head repeatedly with a hammer, authorities said. Sorgani died of his injuries four days after the attack.

At the time, police described the assault as a “stranger attack” with no clear motive, and the DA reiterated Tuesday that no reason for the crime was apparent.

Lowery, who is scheduled to be sentenced in October, could a receive a maximum sentence of 16 years to life in prison.

Lowery has a variety of previous felony convictions ranging from assault with a deadly weapon to second-degree burglary.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah