We have seen a number of cases (here and here) involving stars going to prison for life in inexplicable falls from celebrity status. Shelley Malil will now be added to that rogue’s gallery of fallen stars. The actor appeared in movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” but has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Malil, 45, stabbed his girlfriend, Kendra Beebe, 20 times after finding her having a glass of wine with a man at her home.
While convicted of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Harry Elias noted that this life sentence could be served in as little as nine years if released for good behavior.
Malil met Beebe through an on-line dating service. They had a rocky relationship as illustrated by the reason for his unannounced visit that day. He came to apologize for taking some of her belongings and to tell her that he had sent sexually explicit photos of the couple to her co-workers. In finding her drinking with a man, he grabbed a kitchen knife and proceeded to repeatedly stab her. However, his lawyer insisted that, while stabbing her 20 times, he really did not want to kill her. I would hate to see what he does with murder in mind.
The jury spent less than four hours to convict the actor.
It will be interesting to see if Beebe now sues civilly for the disclosure of the photos. The case would seem to establish an impressive array of torts, including but not limited to intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and disclosure of embarrassing private facts.
Source: USA Today