'40-Year-Old Virgin' Actor Shelley Malil to Be Released From Prison After Attempted Murder Conviction

Playing ‘40-Year-Old Virgin’ Actor Convicted of Attempted Murder to Be Freed From Prison

An actor who appeared in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" is expected to be freed from a California prison Thursday after serving eight years following an attempted murder conviction.

The release of Shelley Malil is disturbing news to Kendra Beebe, a former girlfriend who was attacked by the actor in 2008. 

“This is a dangerous, violent man,” Beebe told Inside Edition. 

During Malil's attempted murder trial 10 years ago, Beebe broke down in tears on the stand as she recalled the night he drove to her San Diego home and stabbed her 25 times in a savage assault.

“I remember barely hanging on," she told Inside Edition. "I had two punctured lungs. I'd lost half my blood. To try and annihilate and murder someone when they are begging for their life...

"And how did I provoke him? I quit taking his calls."

Prosecutors said he attacked his ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage with a butcher knife and a broken wine glass before trying to suffocate her with a pillow. 

She still bears painful scars on her chin and all over her body, especially her back.

“He almost cut off my arm,” she said as she showed her scars to Inside Edition's Jim Moret. 

Malil claimed he was acting in self-defense, but jurors didn't buy it.

He was convicted of premeditated attempted murder and slapped with a 12-years-to-life sentence at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Riverside County.

He has now been granted parole after serving just eight years behind bars.

Malil told the parole board that the attack was fueled by addiction and jealousy. He says he's now a changed man, has taken self-help courses in prison and participated in Alcoholics Anonymous. 

His victim argued against early release at his parole hearing.

“Now I have to live the rest of my life in fear because of some monster's actions," she told Inside Edition. “I personally think someone capable of doing this should be locked away forever."

Malil, who had more than 50 film and TV credits to his name before his arrest, is expected to be released to a halfway house. 

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