Michael Jace

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UPDATE: Michael Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Friday. Before his sentence was handed down he said that there were "no justifications for his actions" and apologized to his wife's family.


Former The Shield actor Michael Jace was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for shooting his wife, April Jace, in front of their two young children in 2014, E! News confirms. He faces 40 years to life in state prison when he's scheduled to appear for sentencing on June 10. 

Jurors deliberated for less than three hours over the course of two days before reaching the verdict. The ruling was changed from first-degree to second-degree murder because the jury didn't believe the crime was premeditated. According to KNBC, Jace's attorney said the actor acknowledged shooting and killing his wife but meant only to hurt her. Earlier in the day April had told him that she wanted a divorce.

Evidence showed the 53-year-old actor shot his wife three times.

Michael Jace, Aprill Jace

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Jace was arrested when LAPD responded to a 911 call directing police to the couple's Hyde Park home. He was held in jail on $2 million bail since the arrest, and was officially charged with murder a few days later. A protective order was issued for him to stay 100 yards away from his and April's two sons. He pleaded not guilty

"I was just angry," Jace told investigators, according to a transcript released Thursday. "All I intended to do was shoot her in the leg. And then I shot her in the leg and that was it."

Jace was known for his role on The Shield but also had appearances in Boogie NightsForrest Gump and TV show Southland.

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