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Defendant Convicted for Murder of Disabled Man

DATE:  August 16, 2017

CASE:  Joshua Lowery (Case #14F01574)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney William Satchell, Homicide Unit

Joshua Lowery was convicted by a jury for the second-degree murder of Christopher Sorgani. The jury also found true the allegation that Lowery personally used a deadly weapon.

On October 23, 2013, Christopher Sorgani took light-rail and a bus home from work.  Mr. Sorgani was physically disabled and often walked the last stretch of his trip home for exercise.  As Mr. Sorgani walked down Greenback Lane, Joshua Lowery approached him from behind and struck him in the head with a hammer multiple times, killing him.  Mr. Sorgani and Lowery had no connection with each other and there was no apparent motive for the murder.

Lowery faces a maximum sentence of 16 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for October 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 21 before the Honorable Steve White.


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