‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ Actor, Convicted of Attempted Murder, Granted Parole

Shelley Malil

Shelley Malil

Former actor Shelley Malil, who appeared in 2005's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, has been granted parole after ambushing and stabbing his then-girlfriend 23 times, almost ending her life, in 2008.

Shelley Malil was convicted of premeditated attempted murder in 2010 and was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison for the 2008 attack on 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.

After serving eight, he will now be out on supervised parole for five years.

"I am absolutely floored, shocked, disgusted that the California parole board thinks Shelley Malil is suitable for any type of release". "Because of their inaction, I will continue to live in fear".

He said alcoholism and jealously partly fueled the attack - but insisted that he has since changed due to self-help courses, a degree he earned from a correspondence college and attending Alcohol Anonymous.

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In 2010, Malil apologized for stabbing Beebe and said he wanted to go to prison.

Following the attack, he then tried to smother her with a pillow.

Malil testified at trial that he visited Beebe at her San Marcos home in suburban San Diego in August 2008 to apologize for taking personal items from her house and to warn that he emailed sexually explicit photos of the couple to her co-workers. As Beebe's children were sleeping upstairs, Malil continued to slash her with a broken wine glass and a kitchen knife.

The panel heard comments from Malil and the victim, Kendra Beebe (left and right). She was chatting with a friend on the back patio when Malil showed up, leaned over as if her were going to kiss her, and instead stabbed her in her torso.

"Beebe, who now lives in another state, said she doesn't have 'the luxury" of a day passing without thoughts of the attack. I can't even begin to imagine what she has been through, ' he added.

Beebe told the panel she believes her ex-husband played a role in the crime, and that Malil has not entirely come clean about it. She says that she is scared for her safety.

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