From The Shield to Scandal: Michael Jace Journey

Michael Andrew Jace journey began on July 13, 1962. He gained recognition for his portrayal of Los Angeles Police Officer Julien Lowe in the FX drama The Shield.

He also appeared as Andre Tibbs, a former convict accused of murder, in an episode of Cold Case.

An image of Jace in action in the Shield
Jace in action in The Shield, one of the famous shows in which he acted.
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Jace life took a dark turn on May 20, 2014, when he was arrested for the fatal shooting of his wife, April Jace. Following a trial, he was found guilty of second-degree murder on May 31, 2016.

Subsequently, on June 10, 2016, he received a 40-year to life prison sentence.

Michael Jace Career

Jace initiated his professional acting journey in 1992, making his debut in an episode of Law & Order.

By 1994, he expanded his presence to several TV shows, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and films such as Clear and Present Danger and Forrest Gump.

Here, he took on the role of the Black Panthers’ leader.

His filmography encompasses diverse roles, including a bodyguard in Strange Days, and a prison inmate turned football player in The Replacements.

Others include antagonist Marvin Shabazz in The Great White Hype, Jerome in Boogie Nights, and an arrogant ticket scalper in The Fan. Also, Major Frank Santos in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake.

On the television front, Jace appeared in the 1995 HBO TV movie Tyson as boxer Mitch Green, Cold Case, and the 1999 Fox Family Channel TV movie Michael Jordan: An American Hero, portraying Michael Jordan.

In 2002, Jace secured the role of Officer Julien Lowe on FX’s acclaimed series The Shield.

He became a prominent member of the main cast, contributing to 88 episodes spanning all seven seasons.

Post-The Shield, Jace had an uncredited appearance in the film State of Play alongside Russell Crowe.

Between 2009 and 2013, he had a brief recurring role on the television series Southland.

Michael Jace Conviction

An image of Jace and his late wife
Meet Jace and his late wife.
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On the evening of May 19, 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested Michael Jace at his home in South Los Angeles.

This followed a report of domestic violence and a 911 call made by Jace himself, admitting, “I shot my wife.” When the police arrived, they found Jace’s wife, April, dead from gunshot wounds.

After being questioned, Jace confessed to shooting his wife out of envy.

On May 20, 2014, Jace was arrested on suspicion of murder, and on May 22, 2014, he was formally charged with murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The trial concluded on May 31, 2016, with Jace being found guilty of second-degree murder.

The police were able to access the security on April’s iPhone during the investigation.

On June 10, 2016, Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

He is currently serving his sentence at Corcoran State Prison.

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