The man who murdered philanthropist Jacqueline Avant was sentenced to 190 years to life in prison on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Avant was assassinated in December in her Beverly Hills home.
Aariel Maynor, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder, and felon in possession of a handgun, as well as two counts of first-degree domestic burglary with a person present, one month ago.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, he also claimed to have used an assault long barrel gun during the crimes.
Maynor broke into Avant’s home in the early hours of December 1 and fatally shot the 81-year-old. He also fired a shot at a home security guard, but the guard was unharmed. Maynor accidentally shot himself when breaking into a Hollywood Hills home hours after the deadly armed robbery, according to authorities.
Maynor was arrested on December 3.
Avant was known in California as a philanthropist dedicated to helping low-income neighborhoods, The Associated Press reports. Her husband Clarence, known as the “Godfather of Black Music,” has worked with the likes of Louis Armstrong, the SOS Band, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Babyface.
District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement Tuesday that the sentencing marked “the end of a tragic case that rocked our community.”
“Given the sentence today, Mr. Maynor will be ineligible for early parole, and will spend the rest of his life in prison,” he said. “This sentence and conclusion of this case also prevents a painful and lengthy process of trial for the Avant family, a process that can be traumatizing.”