Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the hit FX drama “The Shield,” was convicted Tuesday of shooting his wife at their Los Angeles home in front of the couple’s two young sons.
A jury of six women and six men deliberated about two hours before finding Jace, 53, guilty of second-degree murder in the May 19, 2014, death of April Jace, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Jurors also found true the special allegation that Jace used a firearm.
Jace faces up to 40 years to life in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for June 10.
The actor was upset that his wife wanted a divorce and was obsessed with the belief that she was seeing someone else, Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef told jurors during the trial. When April Jace arrived around 8 that night at the couple’s house in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood, he shot her once in the back, the prosecutor said.
Jace then shot her two more times in the legs in front of their sons, who were 8 and 5 at the time.
The actor called 911 about 8:30 p.m. and told the operator he’d shot his wife, according to evidence presented at trial. Her body was found inside the couple’s home along with their boys, who were unharmed.