Los Angeles — Shelley Malil, an actor who appeared in the film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” was sentenced to life in prison with possible parole for the brutal attack on his ex-girlfriend over two years ago.
Malil, 45, was convicted of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon in September for stabbing Kendra Beebe more than 20 times when he stopped by her home and found her with another man., according to The Associated Press.
She suffered punctured lungs and wounds to her neck, chest, back and arms in the 2008 attack.
Present in the courtroom, Malil apologized for his actions, saying, “I want to do whatever I need to do to make sure I make right from the wrong that I did.”
“Kendra Beebe did not deserve anything that happened to her. … I can’t even begin to imagine what she has been through,” he added.
Beebe also spoke before the court about the pain and infliction suffered by the hands of the man she once dated.
“Despite the stab wounds he inflicted, I am alive,” she said, adding that Malil’s testimony had not been credible.
“During the course of the trial it became clear he was an actor, but not a very good actor at that,” she said. “His testimony was lie after lie after lie.”
Malil, who played one of Steve Carell’s electronics store co-workers in the 2005 movie, testified at trial that he visited Beebe at her home in suburban San Diego in August 2008 to make amends for taking personal items from her house. He also wanted to warn that he e-mailed sexually explicit photos of the couple to her co-workers.
He said he then stabbed her with a kitchen knife after finding her drinking wine with another man.
The two met on an online dating service in 2007 and dated for a year in an on- and off-again tumultuous relationship.