‘Shield’ actor sentenced for killing wife

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace appears at an event in Los Angeles. A jury convicted Jace of second-degree murder, Tuesday, May 31, in the 2014 shooting death of his wife in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor who played a police officer on the TV show “The Shield” has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for killing his wife.

Michael Jace was sentenced Friday in Los Angeles after being convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of April Jace.

Michael Jace was sentenced after an emotional hearing in which the victim’s family members wept as they spoke about the impact of her loss.

Jace apologized to the family and said there’s no justification for his actions.

The 53-year-old Jace has acknowledged fatally shooting his wife in May 2014. His attorney told jurors that Jace acted in the heat of passion.

Prosecutors cited testimony from the couple’s 10-year-old son, who told jurors that he heard his father say, “‘If you like running, then run to heaven,'” before firing the second gunshot.

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