Sacramento man sentenced in fatal trail stabbing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Steven Wilson was sentenced to 86 years to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing a woman on the American River bicycle trail last January, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Wilson was sentenced before Judge Ernest Sawtelle in Department 10. In February, he was convicted of first-degree murder by a jury who found he personally used a knife in the fatal stabbing of Lora Hoagland. The jury also determined Wilson’s two prior strike robbery convictions to be true.

Prosecutors say Wilson wrapped his jacket around Hoagland, who appeared to be in distress, while walking with his ex-girlfriend. He then carried the woman off of the bike trail and sat her down under a railroad overpass before stabbing her in the chest and neck numerous times.

Hoagland died on scene, and Wilson’s ex-girlfriend reported him to authorities, who later found a knife with both Wilson and Hoagland’s DNA on it. When Wilson was arrested, he wore the jacket he draped over Hoagland – still stained with her blood.


(Header image courtesy of CBS Sacramento, Sacramento Police Department)

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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