Shelley Malil (pictured above, left), best known for his character actor role as Haziz in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, was paroled out of California prison today after spending nearly a decade behind bars for attempted murder.
The native of India, who had been acting steadily since the early 1990s, was convicted of stabbing his then-girlfriend 23 times in an altercation in 2008.
The now-53-year-old Malil had been given a 12-years-to-life sentence for the attempted murder, in a sentence which was handed down in a court hearing back in 2010.
He served just eight years of the sentence for his near-fatal crime against the woman, Kendra Beebe.
According to media reports on the parole board’s decision this week, officials felt there was a very low chance that Malil would re-offend if he were to be released from prison early, and so, he’s now out and free again.
Beebe, for one, didn’t take that lightly, texting a media outlet her disappointment about the release (below):
“Today, these men had a chance to take real action showing that we, as a society, value women and will protect them. For this I am sad. Because of their inaction, I will continue to live in fear.”
And she’s not alone.
Even California Governor Jerry Brown had previously argued Malil shouldn’t be released early, on account of the actor’s “rage escalated so far out of control, and resulted in such a prolonged horror.”
During the violent incident itself, Beebe was on the back patio of her home talking with a friend when Malil arrived and began stabbing her in the torso.
In court, the actor claimed he thought he was stabbing someone else in self-defense, and he only stopped when he realized it was Beebe he was hurting… after 23 puncture wounds to her abdomen, chest, and face.
And yet, in the next few weeks, Malil will be a free man again.
After that, he’ll be on parole supervision for the next five years.
Thoughts, Perezcious readers?
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