A man was sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison on Wednesday for killing his wife with a hammer, then barricading himself inside his Chula Vista home during a nearly 24-hour standoff with police.
A Chula Vista Superior Court sentenced John Partain, 65, who is convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife of more than 30 years, 74-year-old Billie Jean Partain. He was also convicted of an allegation of using a hammer in the killing.
According to the criminal complaint charging Partain with murder, a hammer was used in the killing, which allegedly occurred three days before he holed up and engaged in the standoff with Chula Vista police, which ended with his arrest.
The Chula Vista Police Dispatch center on Feb. 25, 2021, recieved a call of a welfare check at approximately 5:43 P.M. of a possibly suicidal male in the 700 block of Glover Avenue, according to Lt. Miriam Foxx. Authorities eventually identified the suspect as Partian, who confessed to a relative that he murdered his wife, had a weapon, and was also suicidal.
Officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of Partian and his wife, but he refused to leave his home and would not allow officers to check on his wife. He made numerous statements that he wanted to die by “suicide by cop” and repeatedly confessed to her murder.
After a nearly 24-hour standoff, Partian was taken into custody. Officers found Billie Jean Partian dead inside the home, authorities reported.