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An ex-con who killed a Temple City woman and injured three others in a stabbing rampage that occurred over a 10-hour period in January was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years to life in state prison.

John Ralph Perales, 45, of Temple City, pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to one count of second-degree murder for the Jan. 11 stabbing death of Diane Alarcon, along with three counts of attempted murder.

He also admitted an allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon in each of the attacks and that he had a 1992 conviction for first-degree burglary.

Perales struck Alarcon and a man at her home with a wrench during an argument and then stabbed the 40-year-old woman in the back as she lay unconscious, according to Deputy District Attorney Michael Matoba.

Perales also crawled on top of his ex-girlfriend as she slept in her El Monte home early that morning, woke her up and cut her with a knife as she tried to fight him off, the prosecutor said. The woman’s son was stabbed after her son tried to intervene, according to Matoba.

–City News Service

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