Actor Michael Jace Gets 40 to Life for Killing His Wife

Actor Michael Jace has been ordered to spend 40 years to life in prison for murdering his wife. Jace admits to fatally shooting his wife in May 2014, once in the back and twice in the legs in their Hyde Park home.

"I realize it doesn't bring her back", Jace said, turning to tell her family members, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry".

During the trial, the couple's 10-year-old son testified that he saw his father standing over his mother, delivering the message, "You like to run, why don't you run to heaven", before shooting April three times in the legs.

Jace, 53, was last week convicted of second-degree murder, which was a lesser charge than the first-degree murder conviction that had been sought by prosecutors.

A woman described as a close friend of Jace's first wife said in a sworn statement that she witnessed Jace battering his then-wife in 1997.

April's mother Kay Henry shook her head in disgust and stormed off the courtroom, saying she didn't want to listen to "this sh**". Soon after the attack, Jace told detectives that he had retrieved the gun to kill himself but couldn't go through with it. The paper said she added that when her daughter was killed, "we both died".

His attorney told jurors that Jace shot his wife in the heat of passion.

During the hearing, Jace broke his silence over his conviction and issued an apology for his actions. 'I think about how my grandsons will navigate their teen years.Will they remember their mother and how much she loved them?' The couple's sons, ages 8 and 5 at the time, watched the killing in the family's South Los Angeles home, prosecutors said.

"Who is going to argue that this was not an intent to kill?"

Mokayef said the actor was upset that his wife wanted a divorce and believed she was having an affair, although no evidence was presented during the trial that she was cheating.

Jace is best known for portraying police officer Julien Lowe, a religious Christian conflicted about his homosexuality, on the FX cable drama "The Shield" that ran from 2002 to 2008. He also had small roles in films such as "Planet of the Apes", "Boogie Nights" and "Forrest Gump".

April Jace had worked as a financial aid counselor at Biola University, a private school in La Mirada, California, according to the school.

  • Jack Mann