'Shield' actor Michael Jace convicted of second-degree murder
A jury convicted actor Michael Jace of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife in May 2014. The Shield actor shot April Jace in front of the couple’s two young sons at their home in Los Angeles.
Jace, 53, who portrayed a police officer on the FX show, was also convicted on a special allegation charge that he used a firearm, according to NBC’s L.A. affiliate.
Jace shot his wife, an avid runner, once in the back and twice in the legs, using her father’s revolver.
“I was just angry,” Jace told investigators. “All I intended to do was shoot her in the leg. And then I shot her in the leg and that was it.”
April Jace had told her husband earlier that day that she wanted a divorce. Michael Jace texted her to say he had left their home but was waiting for her with the loaded handgun when she returned from a youth baseball game.
Jace said he planned to kill himself, but couldn’t.
The couple’s 10-year-old son testified that Jace told his wife, “If you like running, then run to heaven.”
The actor, who had been out of work, faces 40 years to life in prison and will be sentenced on June 10.