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Shelley Malil, an actor in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, was sentenced to life in prison with possible parole for stabbing his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times, The Associated Press reports.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Harry Elias sentenced Malil Thursday, three months after a jury convicted him of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
40-Year-Old Virgin actor found guilty in stabbing of ex-girlfriend

The actor is eligible for parole in 12 years, but he could be freed in as early as nine years, taking into account time already served and good behavior, prosecutor Keith Watanabe said. Malil testified in September that he accidentally stabbed Kendra Beebe with a knife at her home in August 2008 after he saw her there with another man.

40-Year-Old Virgin actor says he stabbed girlfriend by mistake

Malil apologized to Beebe in court on Thursday and said that he wanted to go to prison."I want to do whatever I need to do to make sure I make right from the wrong that I did," he said. "Kendra Beebe did not deserve anything that happened to her. ... I can't even begin to imagine what she has been through."

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After the sentencing, Beebe said she believed justice was served and that she hoped Malil's apology was sincere.Malil played Haziz, one of Steve Carell's co-workers in

40-Year-Old Virgin.