LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Actor Michael Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on Friday for gunning down his wife in front of their two young children in an affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The 53-year-old American, famous for his part in police drama “The Shield” and big-screen roles including in “Forrest Gump,” was convicted of second-degree murder at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 31.
Before the sentence was handed down, Jace apologized to the family of his wife, April, and told the court that there were “no justifications for my actions.”
“Defendant Jace is a volatile individual who displays unpredictable and irrational rage and he is prone to violence,” said a statement from the prosecution that must be be considered in any future parole hearing.
“Any discussion about parole for defendant Jace must be considered with extreme caution.”
The actor was given a sentence of 15 years to life for the killing and a consecutive 25 years to life for intentionally using a firearm.
The sentence means that he must serve at least 40 years behind bars before he can be considered for parole.
Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told jurors in her summing up before the verdict that Jace was “obsessed” with his wife, who had been trying to leave him amid his allegations that she had been unfaithful.
Jace s defense team accepted that he had shot April in the back and twice in her legs on May 19, 2014, but maintained he was guilty only of voluntary manslaughter, sometimes called a “crime of passion.”