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* Honorio Pantaleon in prison for the murder of Patricia Barrales attempts suicide

A Santa Rosa man convicted of brutally stabbing his girlfriend and hiding her body in a toy box in their apartment tried to commit suicide at San Quentin State Prison Monday.Honorio Pantaleon, 33, was found hanging by a sheet tied to a locker in his cell on the third tier of the prison’s reception center, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.Pantaleon also cut his neck, Thornton said, and was in critical condition at a hospital today.Correctional officers discovered found him during a security check around 1:25 p.m., Thornton said.He arrived at the prison in March and was being kept alone in a cell. He was still being processed to determine where he would spend his sentence, Thornton said.Pantaleon was sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court in February to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder with the infliction of torture for killing 25-year-old Patricia Barrales on May 10, 2008. Testimony during his trial indicated he stabbed the mother of his two children 68 times in their Montecito Avenue apartment in Santa Rosa and hid her body in a 30-gallon plastic container used as a toy box. The couple’s two young sons were at the apartment at the time.The apartment manager and police went to the apartment on May 11 on a welfare check but did not find Barrales’ body.The body was discovered later that day after the couple’s 4-year-old son told family members his mother was “locked in a closet.” Pantaleon also was convicted of trying to shoot Barrales’ mother, Isabel Barrales, with a rifle at her Ukiah home on May 12. Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies arrested him that day, and he was later sentenced to a consecutive life prison term on that offense.Deputy Public Defender Jeff Mitchell argued at trial that his client suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was insane at the time of the crimes.Mitchell said Pantaleon believed the Barraleses wanted to kill him, take custody of his two young sons and put snakes inside his body.After he was sentenced, Pantaleon’s family members said they noticed his mental health problems began a year before the murder. They said he needed treatment in prison.

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