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The killer who shot Jacqueline Avant, the late wife of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clarence Avant and a well-known local philanthropist, in her Beverly Hills home during a burglary was sentenced Tuesday to three life terms in prison with a minimum of 150 years.
In March, Aariel Maynor, 30, pleaded guilty to the Dec. 1 killing other related charges. He also admitted to shooting at a security guard, who was not harmed, on the property.
He appeared in court Tuesday in a wheelchair according to images.
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An hour after the killing, Maynor, a previously convicted felon, was arrested in Los Angeles after allegedly shooting himself in the foot during another home burglary in the Hollywood Hills, authorities said.
Avant was the wife of Clarence Avant, known as “The Black Godfather” and worked with many legendary music artists over the years. They were married for 54 years.
The shooting death highlighted the increasing regularity of home burglaries in Los Angeles County as crime was on the rise. It also put pressure on District Attorney George Gascon, who has come under fire for his rollback of tough-on-crime measures, angering victims and his own prosecutors.
He is facing a second recall attempt over his directives, which include not seeking criminal enhancements.
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Maynor allegedly bragged to a friend on a jail phone call that he would only serve 20 to 25 years in prison because prosecutors did not file special circumstances murder charges against him, which would have significantly increased his prison time, according to a Los Angeles Times report published Monday.
During a news briefing shortly after Avant’s death, Gascon blamed the legal system for the uptick in crime, saying it allows easy access to firearms to those who should not possess weapons and repeatedly incarcerates people without giving them the necessary resources to succeed outside of prison.
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Avant’s daughter, Nicole, is married to Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer, and served as a U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas during the Obama administration.