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VISTA, CALIF. (AP) - An actor who appeared in the film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with possible parole for stabbing his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times when he stopped by her home unannounced and found her with another man.
Shelley Malil was sentenced by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Harry Elias three months after a jury convicted the actor of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutor Keith Watanabe said the sentence calls for Malil to be eligible for parole in 12 years, but he said Malil could be freed in as few as nine years taking into account time already served and good behavior.
Malil, 45, testified at trial that he visited Kendra Beebe at her San Marcos home in suburban San Diego in August 2008 to apologize for taking personal items from her house and to warn that he e-mailed sexually explicit photos of the couple to her co-workers. He stabbed her with a kitchen knife after finding her drinking wine with another man, authorities said.
Malil _ who played Haziz, a co-worker of Steve Carell’s character in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” _ had faced a maximum penalty of life in prison with no possibility for parole for 14 years.
His defense attorney argued at trial that there was no doubt Malil went too far when he picked up a kitchen knife and began stabbing Beebe but said Malil never intended to kill her. The defense also questioned Beebe’s credibility as a witness and described her as a violent drama queen who tried to make men jealous.
The jury deliberated less than four hours before convicting the actor of the two most serious charges and acquitting him of residential burglary.
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