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A former actor was convicted on May 31 of murdering his wife at their Los Angeles home in front of the couple’s two young sons, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
A jury of six women and six men deliberated approximately two hours before finding Michael Andrew Jace, 53, guilty of the second-degree murder. He was convicted of murdering April Jace on May 19, 2014.
Jurors also found Jace guilty of the special allegation that he used a firearm.
The actor, who portrayed a police officer in “The Shield,” was upset his wife wanted a divorce and was obsessed with the belief that she was seeing someone else, Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told jurors in opening statements. Jace waited in their home in the 5400 block of Brynhurst Avenue and, when April came home around 8 p.m., shot her once in the back, the prosecutor said. Jace also shot her two more times in the legs in front of their sons, who were 8 and 5 years old at the time.
The defendant called 911 at approximately 8:30 p.m. and told the operator he shot his wife, according to evidence presented at trial.
The victim’s body was found inside the couple’s home. The couple’s two children were physically unharmed.
Jace, who has remained in custody since his arrest, returns on June 10 to Department 104 in Los Angeles Superior Court for sentencing.
Jace faces 40 years to life in state prison.
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