July 13, 1962 |
Paterson, New Jersey, US
|Residence||North Kern State Prison in Delano, California|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg)|
|Criminal penalty||40 years to life in prison|
|Criminal status||In prison|
|Spouse(s)||Jennifer Bitterman (m. 1996; div. 2002)
April Laune (m. 2003; d. 2014)
|Motive||Marital problems, financial difficulties|
|Conviction(s)||Second degree murder|
|May 20, 2014|
|Imprisoned at||North Kern State Prison|
Michael Andrew Jace (born July 13, 1962) is a former American actor, 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, and on June 10, 2016 sentenced him to forty years to life in prison.
Jace began his professional acting career in 1992, appearing in an episode of Law & Order. In 1994, he appeared in several TV shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and films like Clear and Present Danger. He also appeared in the hit film Forrest Gump, playing a member of the Black Panthers.
Jace's other film appearances include Strange Days, playing a bodyguard to a corrupt record executive; The Replacements, playing a prison inmate-turned-football player; The Great White Hype, playing antagonist Marvin Shabazz; Boogie Nights, playing Jerome; The Fan, playing an arrogant ticket scalper; and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake, playing Major Frank Santos.
In 2002, Jace was cast as Officer Julien Lowe on FX's hit show The Shield. Jace was part of the main cast, and appeared in 89 episodes through all seven seasons. His character started as a rookie cop that had internal conflicts between his belief in the teachings of the Bible and his homosexuality.
Jace was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on the evening of May 19, 2014, at his Hyde Park, South Los Angeles home, following a domestic violence report, as well as Jace's own 9-1-1 call, in which he stated, "I shot my wife." When police arrived, they found Jace's wife, April, dead from gunshot wounds. After being questioned by police regarding his wife's death, Jace 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, Jace was found guilty of second-degree murder. On June 10, 2016, he was sentenced to forty years to life in prison. He is incarcerated at the California State Prison at Centinela in Imperial County.
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