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By Christine Emerson
Observer Staff Writer 

Actor Michal Andrew Jace sentenced to 40 years for April Jace Murder

Jace then called 911 and told the operator he'd just shot his wife.


Victim and Perpetrator: Michael Jace shot April Jace two years ago, in front of their two children.

Michael Andrew Jace, an actor who portrayed a police office on the TV show, The Shield, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder of his wife. Jace fatally shot his wife, April Jace, in front of their two young sons at their Los Angeles home in May of 2014.

Jace, now 53, believed that his wife was having an affair. At the time of the shooting, April Jace wanted a divorce. Jace waited in their home for April to come home and when she did, around 8 pm, he shot her once in the back and two more times in the legs. Witnesses were the couple's two sons, ages 8 and 5 at the time.

Jace then called 911 and told the operator he'd just shot his wife.

Michael Jace (born July 13, 1962) is an American actor and convicted murderer. He is best known for his role as Los Angeles Police Officer Julien Lowe in the FX drama The Shield. He played Andre Tibbs, ex-convict mover accused of murder, on an episode of Cold Case. On May 20, 2014, Jace was arrested and booked with fatally shooting his wife, April Jace. A jury subsequently convicted him of second-degree murder on May 31, 2016.

Jace was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department on the evening of May 19, 2014. Police had responded to a home in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles after receiving a report of a domestic violence incident. Jace also called 911 and stated, "I shot my wife."

When police arrived, they found Jace's wife, April, dead from gunshot wounds. Police took Jace into custody for questioning. He later confessed to the shooting. On May 20, 2014, at approximately 2:30 am, Jace was arrested and booked for the murder of his wife.

On May 22, 2014, he was formally charged with murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. On May 31, 2016, a Jury found Jace guilty of second-degree murder.

Jace has also acted in film: Strange Days playing a bodyguard to a corrupt record executive; The Replacements, playing a prison inmate-turned-football player; Forrest Gump, playing a member of the Black Panthers; The Great White Hype, playing antagonist Marvin Shabazz; and The Fan, playing an arrogant ticket scalper. He also has an array of TV appearances, including the 1995 HBO TV movie Tyson (as boxer Mitch Green); Law & Order, Cold Case; and the 1999 Fox TV movie Michael Jordan: An American Hero (as Jordan). He appeared, uncredited, in State of Play with Russell Crowe.


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