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The Man Who Murdered “The Black Godfather” Wife Gets 150 Years To Life

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Aariel Maynor, the man responsible for killing Jacqueline Avant, was sentenced to 150 years to life today. He also admitted to shooting at a security guard, who was not wounded while he was trying to flee the scene and allegations of using an assault long barrel pistol during the crimes, along with prior robbery convictions that took place from 2013 and 2018. The philanthropist was 81 years old and wife of celebrated music executive Clarence Avant when she was fatally killed during the burglary of her home in Beverly Hills.

According to Deadline, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano sentenced Maynor to three life prison terms, saying he will have to serve a minimum of 150 years behind bars.

“I’m gonna get out of jail,” Maynor said on the call, according to the memo. “I’ll probably do like 20…25, get out, you feel me?”

The robbery that Aariel committed in 2013, he kicked a woman in the face and knocked her unconscious. Judge Kathryn Solorzano noted that he had been released on parole for the 2018 robbery in September 2021, just a few months before killing Mrs. Avant. Although Aariel alleged that he suffered from a bipolar condition, his phone shows that he researched the address

Clarence Avant is known as the Godfather of Black Music, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October. He has been celebrated by artists such as Jay-Z, Diddy, L.A. Reid and Babyface.


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