Shelley Malil at his conviction in 2010. Photo courtesy of CBS 8

A former actor best known for a small role in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” was granted parole Tuesday after serving about nine years in prison for repeatedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend at her San Marcos home after finding her with another man.

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.

Beebe was stabbed 23 times, and one of the stab wounds was 1/8-inch from her carotid artery, the victim said.

Malil, now 53, was granted parole in January but Gov. Jerry Brown referred the matter back to the Parole Board in April for another review. The board met Tuesday in Blythe and upheld his grant of parole.

After the hearing, Beebe lashed out at the decision.

“Why are we letting out this person who’s going to go back out and go back on the internet and date and possibly relapse and hurt somebody else?” she told 10 News. “Ten years ago I missed my daughter’s first day of first grade because I was testifying about the Malil attack, and today I missed my daughter’s first day of high school because I was here, trying to keep our family safe, and now I feel unsafe again.”

District Attorney Summer Stephan, whose office objected to Malil’s release, said she was also disappointed in the Parole Board’s decision.

“We agree with the governor that Malil demonstrated uncontrolled rage and lacks an understanding of his crime,” Stephan said in a statement. “To approve this individual for release, given his violent attack, ignores the very real danger he poses to public safety.”

Malil has served eight years of his life sentence. He is expected to be released in the fall.

— City News Service

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