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'40-Year-Old Virgin' actor sentenced to life in prison for stabbing ex-girlfriend

December 16, 2010 |  4:15 pm

MalilActor Shelley Malil, best known for his supporting role in the movie "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," was sentenced Thursday to 12 years to life in prison for a 2008 attack on a former girlfriend.

A jury in San Diego County Superior Court in Vista had convicted Malil, 45, of attempted premeditated murder in the August 2008 attack.

Kendra Beebe, 38, was stabbed more than 20 times with a butcher knife when Malil unexpectedly went to her apartment in San Marcos.

The sentence by Judge Harry Elias includes the possibility of parole. During the trial, Malil testified that he began lashing out when he felt a friend of Beebe was about to attack him.

Malil apologized before the sentencing. "For what I did to Kendra, I don't have words to express my remorse," he said.

Prosecutors said Malil could be eligible for parole in about 10 years.

Beebe, in court for the sentencing, said she is refusing to let the attack ruin her life.

"She's lucky to be alive," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Keith Watanabe, the prosecutor. "Not many women survive being stabbed 23 times. This is every woman's nightmare; a former love coming back to kill her."

-- Tony Perry in San Diego 

Photo: Shelley Malil during arraignment for August 2008 attack. Credit: Associated Press