Former "The Shield" Actor Michael Jace Found Guilty of Murdering Wife

Michael Jace during his arraignment May 22, 2014 for allegedy murdering his wife; David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Former The Shield actor Michael Jace has been found guilty of second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife in their Los Angeles home two years ago.

The Los Angeles jury also found the 51-year-old actor guilty of intentionally discharging a firearm. 

Jace could be sentenced to 50 years to life.

Jace’s wife, April Jace, 40, was found dead of May 19, 2014 at the couple’s home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Their two sons, who were then both under the age of 10, were in the home at the time of the shooting.

According to KABC TV, Jace shot his wife three times because he was upset that she wanted a divorce.  In an interview with police, which the jury heard, Jace said he wasn’t trying to kill his wife, only injure her.  Jace’s legal team argued that merited a charge of voluntary manslaughter, not murder.

Jury deliberations in the trial began last Friday. 

Jace played Officer Julien Lowe on The Shield. He also had recurring roles on Southland and The Mentalist.

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