The alleged killer of Jacqueline Avant, the wife of music executive and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clarence Avant, failed with a tough approach to crime that focuses only on incarceration and not the root causes of the crime, Los Angeles County. District Attorney George Gascon said.
Aariel Maynor faces charges of murder, attempted murder and robbery, in addition to being a felon in possession of a weapon in connection with the alleged December 1 murder at Avant’s Beverly Hills home and a botched robbery at a second home where police say he accidentally shot himself. on the foot.
Court records show that Maynor, 29, was on probation at the time of the murder and has an extensive criminal record. He pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison. He did not contest a domestic violence incident in July 2013 and was convicted of grand theft in 2010.
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He was paroled in July 2018, but was sentenced in November of that year to four years in prison for robbery with enhancements for being a previously convicted felon. He was released on September 1.
“From what we can see, he never received any meaningful intervention that could have helped him put his life on a different path,” Gascón told reporters on Wednesday. “One that would have prevented the terrible tragedy from happening.”
The comments came as the chief prosecutor defended his policies amid a second recall effort and criticism that his office is soft on crime.
After taking a moment of silence for Avant, 81, Gascón noted that Maynor was found with an AR-15 rifle at the scene of the second robbery, according to police.
“I am angry at a system that allows a disturbed young man with a proven history of violent behavior to enter and leave prison with little to no significant intervention in order to gain access to a military-style AR-15 weapon and go out and kill Jacqueline Avant. “, said.
Maynor was arrested hours after allegedly murdering Avant, a local philanthropist who supported many causes in Los Angeles. She and 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 the preservation of 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 mourn 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.”
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Avant’s daughter Nicole, a former US ambassador to the Bahamas, is married to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO and chief content officer.