The actor was arrested when the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a domestic violence incident after receiving a call from Jace in which the actor stated, “I shot my wife.” During his weeklong trial, Jace did not testify, but in a previously-recorded interview with police, stated that he had wanted to use the gun to kill himself, and just wanted to inflict pain on his wife by shooting her in the leg, not kill her. However, the prosecutor argued that April’s request for a divorce angered Jace to the point of shooting her in the back and then shooting her in the legs.
Michael Jace, best known for playing Julien Lowe from FX’s famed cop drama The Shield, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the death of his wife April in 2014, The Associated Press reports. Jace, who will be sentenced on June 10, faces 40 years to life in prison.
The Shield‘s Michael Jace pleads not guilty to killing his wife.
The defense had hoped to get Jace convicted on a lesser voluntary manslaughter charge because the act was not premeditated.
The Jaces had been married for nine years and have two young sons, who were 8 and 5 at the time of April’s death and were home at the time of the shooting. The older son, now 10, testified at Michael’s trial and said he heard his father threaten his mother.
Since The Shield, Jace has appeared on numerous series including Southland, CSI, Burn Notice and Rizzoli & Isles.