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Big Spring Native Sentenced to Life in Prison

By ELLIOT SPAGAT
Associated Press

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - An actor who appeared in the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with possible parole in 12 years for stabbing his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times when he stopped by her home and found her with another man.

Shelley Malil, who is originally from Big Spring, was sentenced by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Harry Elias three months after a jury convicted the actor of attempted premeditated murder and assault with a deadly weapon. The victim, Kendra Beebe, suffered punctured lungs and wounds to her neck, chest, back and arms in the 2008 attack.

Seated before the court, Malil apologized for stabbing Beebe and said 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," he added.

Before the sentencing, Beebe also spoke to the court about the physical and emotional pain she suffered.

Malil graduated from Big Spring High School in the 1980s.

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