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Jacqueline Avant’s alleged killer failed by legal system, Los Angeles DA George Gascon says

The alleged killer of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music executive and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clarence Avant, was failed by a tough-on-crime approach that focuses only on incarceration and not on the root causes of crime, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said. nn

Aariel Maynor faces murder, attempted murder and burglary charges, along with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the Dec. 1 alleged killing in Avant’s Beverly Hills home and a botched burglary at a second residence in which police say he accidentally shot himself in the foot. 

Court records show Maynor, 29, was on parole at the time of the killing and has an extensive criminal record. He pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison. He pleaded no contest to a domestic violence incident in July 2013 and was convicted of grand theft in 2010. 

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Aariel Maynor, 29, was released on parole in September and convictions for robbery and grand theft. He is accused of killing Jacqueline Avant, wife of Grammy Award-winning music executive, Clarence Avant, in the couple’s Beverly Hills home this week. 
(California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

He was released on parole in July 2018 but was sentenced in November of that year to four years in prison for robbery with enhancements for being a prior convicted felon. He was released on Sept. 1. 

“As far as we can see, he never received any meaningful intervention that may have helped him set his life on a different path,” Gascon told reporters Wednesday. “One that would have prevented the terrible tragedy from occurring.”

The remarks came as the top prosecutor was defending his progressive policies amid a second recall effort and criticism that his office is soft on crime. 

After taking a moment of silence for Avant, 81, Gascon noted that Maynor was found with an AR-15 rifle at the scene of the second robbery, according to police. 

“I’m angry at a system that allows a disturbed young man with a proven track record of violent behavior to be cycled in and out of prison with little or no meaning intervention to be able to gain access to an AR-15 military-style weapon and go out and kill Jacqueline Avant,” he said. 

Jacqueline Avant, left, and Clarence Avant appear at the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2020. She was fatally shot early Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Jacqueline Avant, left, and Clarence Avant appear at the 11th Annual AAFCA Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 22, 2020. She was fatally shot early Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. 

Maynor was arrested hours after allegedly killing Avant, a local philanthropist who supported many causes in Los Angeles and, with her husband, counted many celebrities and political figures, such as former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as friends.

In addition to social causes, Avant served on the boards of several organizations dedicated to preserving the fine arts. The Avant family has announced a Jacqueline Avant Memorial Fund for the new MLK Children’s Center in South Los Angeles. 

In a statement, the Avant and Sarandos families thanked the public for the “outpouring of love and support” from around the world. 

“We ask that you please allow us some time and space to grieve as a family and continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers,” the message reads “We thank you in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time.”

Crime scene photos of broken window and detectives at the home of Clarence Avant wife's murder. 01 Dec 2021 Pictured: Clarence Avant. Photo credit: APEX / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA810028_001.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency]

Crime scene photos of broken window and detectives at the home of Clarence Avant wife’s murder. 01 Dec 2021 Pictured: Clarence Avant. Photo credit: APEX / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342 (Mega Agency TagID: MEGA810028_001.jpg) [Photo via Mega Agency] (Mark Satter)

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Avant’s daughter, Nicole, a former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas, is married to Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer. 


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