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40-Year-Old Virgin actor sentenced to life in prison

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Actor Shelley Malil: Life in prison

Actor Shelley Malil was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend. What did he say in court to try and explain his actions?

Actor Shelley Malil was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole Thursday for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Actor Shelley Malil: Life in prison

The actor -- best known for his role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin -- was convicted in September of the grizzly attack. Malil stabbed ex-girlfriend Kendra Beebe 20 times in her San Marcos, Calif. home in August 2008 after he spotted her with another man.

The actor's defense team attempted to play off his crime as self-defense, saying that the Indian-born actor couldn?t see who he was stabbing and though he was being attacked.

The jury didn't buy it.

"I am at a loss for words right now. I failed miserably, not only as a human being but as a father, son, uncle, brother, friend," Malil said during his sentencing. "What I did to Kendra, I don't have the words to express my remorse."

He never directly addressed his victim in his statements. For her part, Beebe is glad to put the situation behind her.

"Steve Carell must want this case to go away so that his good name is no longer associated with the likes of him," referring to her ex-boyfriend's co-star in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Malil played one of Carell's co-workers in the movie. "But, now, he is nothing more than a shell of a man convicted of [the] premeditated, attempted murder of a helpless woman, whose defenseless young children slept upstairs."

"Despite the wicked scars he made on my body from head to toe, I am alive and I have my freedom, my family, my friends and my future," Beebe said.

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