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'Shield' actor Michael Jace sentenced to 40 years to life in killing of wife

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Jace is due back in court on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, for arraignment on a murder charge filed after police say he shot and killed his wife, April Jace, on May 19, 2014, in their Los Angeles home. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2012 file photo, actor Michael Jace attends WordTheatre presents Storytales at Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Jace is due back in court on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, for arraignment on a murder charge filed after police say he shot and killed his wife, April Jace, on May 19, 2014, in their Los Angeles home. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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 thatJace 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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