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Jacqueline Avant: The man who pleaded guilty to the murder of a philanthropist sentenced to 190 years in prison


A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to 190 years to life in prison for the 2021 murder of Jacqueline Avant, philanthropist and wife of music icon Clarence Avant, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

“Today marks the end of a tragic case that has rocked our community,” District Attorney George Gascón said at a press conference. “The senseless act not only impacted the Jacqueline Avant family, but an entire community.”

Aariel Maynor pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder, attempted murder and several other counts, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office. Maynor broke into Avant’s Beverly Hills home on Dec. 1, 2021, and fatally shot the 81-year-old, the statement said. He also shot his security guard, but he was not injured, the statement said.

Maynor is not eligible for early parole and will spend the rest of his life in prison, Gascón said.

CNN reached out to Maynor’s attorney for comment on the sentencing.

Gascón said he thought the sentencing was appropriate given the circumstances, as he claimed Maynor allegedly made a series of prison calls that showed “no remorse” and were “very disturbing in nature”. .

“Our office has sought and will continue to seek to hold accountable those who cause serious harm in our community. This is especially true in cases where people show little or no remorse,” he said.

Maynor has been in and out of the criminal justice system since she was 12, according to Gascón.

Gascón said it’s an example of why better support systems are needed for those who frequently interact with law enforcement.

“We need to ensure that we provide the resources needed for treatment, support inside and outside the prison systems, and that we facilitate reintegration in a way that would make us all safer,” he said. -he declares. “We should do this not because we want to huddle with those who have committed crimes or caused harm, but because it is necessary for the safety of our community.”

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