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Man gets prison term for killing disabled person with a hammer in Citrus Heights

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Joshua Lowery, 38, was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison Friday for killing a disabled man in Citrus Heights with a hammer four years ago.

On Oct. 23, 2013, 49-year-old Christopher Sorgani of Citrus Heights left his job at the City of Sacramento’s economic development department for the last time. He rode Regional Transit buses and a light rail train before walking the last stretch of his commute, an exercise he repeatedly performed despite physical disabilities that had left him with a limp.

As Sorgani passed Spring Creek Apartments on the 7700 block of Greenback Lane, Lowery approached him from behind and repeatedly bashed him in the head with a hammer, the Sacramento County District Attorney said.

Sorgani succumbed to his injuries on Oct. 27, 2013. Lowery, whom Sorgani’s family and friends frequently referred to as “the demon” in Facebook posts, was sentenced exactly four years later.

Lowery was convicted of second-degree murder in August. He has an extensive past criminal record in Sacramento County, including assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree burglary and failure to register as a sex offender.

The murder case was placed on a brief hiatus after Lowery was determined psychologically unfit to stand trial and placed into Napa State Hospital. There was no apparent motive for the attack, the district attorney reiterated Monday, as Sorgani and Lowery were not thought to be acquainted.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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