Former Shield actor Michael Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his wife April Jace. After a trial in which he admitted to the shooting, Jace was found guilty of second-degree murder last week.
The Los Angeles Times reports that April Jace’s mother Kay Henry left the courtroom as Jace gave a statement claiming the murder wasn’t premeditated. “There is absolutely no justification for my actions on that night. I am profoundly sorry for the pain that I’ve caused everyone,” he said. “There was no premeditated anything.”
Henry gave a powerful statement to the court about the loss of her daughter. “My first thought on my mind most mornings is, ‘Your daughter has been murdered.’ Then I wonder about how I’ll do today without her. I think about how my grandsons will navigate their teen years… Will they remember their mother and how much she loved them?”
Jace shot his wife three times. An avid runner, he shot her twice in the legs, and once in the back in front of their two children, who were 8 and 5 at the time. Their older son testified that he heard his father say, “If you like running, then run to heaven.”
The trial revealed that April Jace was reportedly seeking a divorce, and Jace believed she was having an affair. He called 911 himself after the shooting.