Shield Actor Sentenced for Wife's Murder Michael Jace gets 40 years to life By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jun 10, 2016 11:53 AM CDT 25 comments Comments Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on the TV series, "The Shield," appears in court in Los Angeles Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Anthony McCartney) (Newser) – Michael Jace was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for the murder of his wife. Jace, who once played a police officer on The Shield, shot April Jace fatally—in front of their two young kids—at their LA home on May 19, 2014. He was reportedly unhappy because April wanted a divorce, and thought she was cheating on him. Jace was also convicted on a special allegation charge, or "gun enhancement," because he used a handgun in the killing, which added time to his sentence, NBC Los Angeles reports.