Michael Jace Found Guilty of Killing His Wife

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Michael Jace, an actor best known for his role on FX's The Shield, has been found guilty of murder.

Michael Jace in Court

Jace was convicted of second-degree murder today for shooting his wife, April Jace, in front of the couple's two young children in 2014, E! News has confirmed.

He will appear in front of a judge on June 10 for sentencing and faces 40 years to life in state prison.

An attorney for Jace had tried to argue in court that his client merely meant to wound his wife during a fight between the pair, which took place after April said she wanted a divorce.

Jurors deliberated for fewer than three hours over the course of two days before arriving at the verdict. 

The ruling was changed from first-degree to second-degree murder because the jury didn't believe the crime was premeditated.

Evidence, however, proved that Jace shot April three times during their confrontation.

Jace was arrested after Los Angeles police officers responded to a 911 call.

He was placed under arrest and held in jail on $2 million bail, at which time a protective order was issued for him to stay 100 yards away from his and April's two sons.

"I was just angry," Jace told investigators, based on a transcript released Thursday. "All I intended to do was shoot her in the leg. And then I shot her in the leg and that was it."

Jace stood out for his role on The Shield, but also had appearances in Boogie Nights, Forrest Gump and the TNT drama Southland.

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