Michael Jace Andrew has received a forty-year prison sentence after being found guilty of murdering his wife, April Jace, in front of the couple’s two young sons, aged 8 and 5, at their Los Angeles home.
The 53-year-old actor who played the character of a cop in the FX series “The Shield” shot his wife once in the back and twice in her legs on May 19, 2014 after she arrived in the family home following an outing.
According to an opening statement by Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef, told jurors during the the trial that Jace was angry with his wife, April, as she wanted to divorce him, plus, he was paranoid with the notion she was leaving him for someone else.
After shooting his wife, Jace placed two calls, one was a 911 call to report the shooting and another was to his father-in-law to inform him he had killed his daughter.
According to a recording released by the Los Angeles Fire Department, Jace’s father-in-law said he placed a 911 call while driving to his daughter’s residence after receiving a call and text message from Jace.
He said, “My son-in-law called me and texted me and said come get the kids because he shot April, our daughter.”
Witness reports from people who knew Jace said the actor had a history with domestic violence as a close friend of his first wife, Jennifer Bitterman, divulged in a sworn statement during his custody battle for his son from his first marriage.
In a sworn court declaration obtained by CNN, Maria De Le Vegas said, “Jace “choked and hit” his wife and “slammed her against the wall while (their infant son) screamed in his crib next to her.”
After the divorce, Jace married April Jace in June 2003 before murdering her in 2014.
Press report confirmed Micheal Jace was tearful during his sentencing, Friday, (June, 10) as he told his late wife’s family members in court, “There is absolutely no justification for my actions on that night. I am profoundly sorry for the pain that I’ve caused everyone.”
He added, “There was no premeditated anything.”
Jace starred as Julien Lowe in 89 episodes of “The Shield” as his character was a rookie officer in an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct in 2002 and rose through the ranks to become a detective before the series ended in 2008.