Sacramento Man Convicted in Slaying of Woman on American River Trail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A 34-year-old man was convicted in the Sacramento Superior Court on murder charges in the fatal stabbing of a female hiker on Monday, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Steven Wilson was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of Lora Hoagland. The jury also determined Wilson personally stabbed her numerous times. Wilson’s case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Bret Wasley of the Homicide Unit.

Lora Hoagland was walking on the American River bicycle trail in an apparent medical crisis when she encountered Wilson and his ex-girlfriend. According to prosecutors, Wilson wrapped his jacket over the woman and set her down underneath a railroad overpass before abruptly stabbing her with a knife in the chest and neck multiple times. Hoagland bled to death on scene and was found by investigators at 2 a.m. after a passerby spotted her body.

Wilson’s ex-girlfriend, who witnessed the killing, reported him to authorities. Sacramento Police officers recovered the murder weapon which contained traces of both Wilson and Hoagland’s DNA. When Wilson was apprehended, officers recovered the jacket he wrapped around Hoagland with her blood on it.

Wilson will return to court on April 9 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 10 before Judge Ernest Sawtelle for sentencing. He faces 61 years to life in prison.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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