The Shield actor Michael Jace convicted of murder in wife's death

Jace appears at an arraignment hearing in Los Angeles, on May 22, 2014.
Jace appears at an arraignment hearing in Los Angeles, on May 22, 2014.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Michael Jace, an actor in the television drama The Shield, was found guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder in his wife's 2014 shooting death in Los Angeles, the county district attorney's office said.

Jace, 53, faces a sentence of 40 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 10, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokesman Greg Risling said in an e-mail.

The jury also found that Jace used a handgun in the crime, a special circumstance that could increase his prison time, Risling said.

Jace, whose trial began on May 23, shot to death his 40-year-old wife April on May 19, 2014, in their South Los Angeles home before calling authorities to report an emergency, prosecutors said.

The couple's two children, who were both younger than 10, were home at the time of the shooting and were placed in the care of relatives, authorities said.

The jury began deliberations late on Friday and resumed on Tuesday morning, spending a total of two to three hours considering the case before reaching the verdict, Risling said.

Second-degree murder is an intentional killing that was not premeditated.

The Shield was a police drama set in Los Angeles that ran from 2002 to 2008.