‘40-Year-Old Virgin’ actor granted parole after being sentenced to life in prison

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Actor Shelley Malil reacts to the sentence imposed by the judge on December 16, 2010 in Vista, California. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

A FORMER actor who was convicted of the attempted murder of his girlfriend will be released from prison.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin actor Shelley Malil was jailed in 2010 for repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend at her home in San Marcos, Texas.


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Actor Shelley Malil played Haziz in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Picture: Supplied.Source:Supplied

On Tuesday (local time) Mr Malil, 45, appeared before a parole board at the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in California, where it was determined that he will be released.

The parole board revisited a previous ruling made earlier this year that Mr Malil should be granted parole in part because he had been determined to be a low risk of committing violent acts in the future.

Californian Governor Jerry Brown disagreed with the initial decision to grant Mr Malil parole.

Actor Shelley Malil was sentenced to life in prison over the attack on his girlfriend. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.

Actor Shelley Malil was sentenced to life in prison over the attack on his girlfriend. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

He wrote a letter arguing that there had been a lack of explanation for why Mr Malil’s “rage escalated so far out of control, and resulted in such a prolonged horror,” according to the LA Times.

Mr Malil’s victim, Californian woman Kendra Beebe, suffered 23 deep puncture wounds during the attack in August 2008.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, Kendra Beebe and Deputy District lawyer Keith Watanabe speak at a press conference following the sentencing of actor Shelley Malil in 2010. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, Kendra Beebe and Deputy District lawyer Keith Watanabe speak at a press conference following the sentencing of actor Shelley Malil in 2010. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Ms Beebe suffered a sliced chin, two collapsed lungs and lost about half the blood in her body in the attack, her lawyer said during initial court proceedings.

Mr Malil was sentenced to life in prison for the attack — he was found guilty of premeditated attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Before the attack Mr Malil was best known for his comedic acting, most notably as Haziz in Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He played a store clerk who worked alongside star Steve Carell.

Kendra Beebe speaks at a press conference following the sentencing of actor Shelley Malil on December 16, 2010 in California. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.

Kendra Beebe speaks at a press conference following the sentencing of actor Shelley Malil on December 16, 2010 in California. Picture: Jerod Harris/ Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

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