Jacqueline Avant’s killer has been sentenced to 150 years in prison.

A two-time felon sentenced to 150 years to life in prison for killing shooting Jacqueline Avant, the wife of famed music businessman Clarence Avant, during a burglary at the couple’s Trousdale Estates home in Beverly Hills.

Aariel Maynor, 30, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in March to shooting the 81-year-old Avant in the back inside her house in the 1100 block of Maytor Place around 2:25 a.m. on Dec. 1. While attempting to depart the scene, he allegedly admitted shooting at a security guard, who was not injured.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of domestic burglary with a person present, as well as one count each of murder, attempted murder, and being a felon in possession of a handgun. He also admitted to earlier robbery offenses from 2013 and 2018, as well as utilizing an assault long barrel handgun throughout the crimes.

Avant was shot in the back after being attacked in the dark of her house, according to Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila. He claimed that before the 2:30 a.m. house invasion, Maynor “studied” Clarence Avant’s name online in the hopes of obtaining valuable items in the premeditated burglary.

Judge Kathryn Solorzano said, “He shot a perfectly vulnerable victim, 81 years old, no match for him, and she was caught off guard.” “He then left her there and added to the problem by firing multiple rounds at an unarmed security guard.”

Man who murdered Jacqueline Avant sentenced to 150 years to life

Maynor “planned” the burglary, according to the court, who cited evidence from his cell phone. She also listened to snatches of recorded jail calls played during the trial, and she claimed Maynor was “basically chuckling about the commission of the offense” and “bragging” about his plans to obtain an illicit cell phone once he arrived at state prison.

Maytor confirmed to Beverly Hills police that he shot the woman during the burglary, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by prosecutors. According to the memo, he was heard chatting on the phone with a female friend a few weeks later, joking about the shooting and stating, “I’m all over the news.”

He boasted to a buddy on another call that he would not face the death sentence or life without parole as a result of prosecutors in Los Angeles County no longer bringing special-circumstance allegations.

According to the letter, Maynor remarked on the phone, “I’m going to get out of jail.” “I’m going to do about 20… 25, go out, you feel me?”

Solorzano previously stated that a report suggested that a woman was kicked in the face and knocked unconscious during the 2013 robbery for which Maynor was sentenced. Maynor had been freed on parole for the 2018 robbery in September 2021, just a few months before Avant’s murder, she added.

Avant was shot after approaching Maynor, who also fired “several shots” at the couple’s security guard, striking a vehicle, according to Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila. According to the prosecutor, he then broke into a property in the Hollywood Hills area and inadvertently shot himself in the foot.

According to Beverly Hills Police Department Chief Mark Stainbrook, officers responding to the burglary complaint discovered Maynor at the scene with a gunshot wound to the foot.

According to Stainbrook, Beverly Hills police contacted Los Angeles police, and officers “acquired evidence linking Maynor to the Avant shooting.”

A “suspected weapon” from the incident, described by authorities as an AR-15 rifle, was among the evidence gathered. Maynor is on parole and has a “extensive” criminal record, according to Stainbrook, which prevents him from carrying a weapon.

Jacqueline Avant was a well-known philanthropist who devoted her life to assisting low-income residents in Watts and South Los Angeles. She also served on the board of the UCLA International Student Center.

Nicole Avant, her daughter, is a film producer and former US ambassador to the Bahamas. She is married to Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix. The Avant and Sarandos families expressed their gratitude for the “outpouring of love, support, and condolences” received in the aftermath of the awful tragedy in a statement.

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