BEVERLY HILLS— Aariel Maynor, 30, has pled guilty to the murder of Jaqueline Avant, 81, wife of music executive, Clarence Avant, 90, who was fatally shot in December 2021.

Clarence and Jacqueline’s Beverly Hills home was robbed on December 1. During the robbery, Jaqueline was shot, and later pronounced deceased. A security guard was also shot at during the robbery.

Maynor was arrested on December 2, after police identified him by watching security tapes and after he shot himself while attempting to burglarize a home in Hollywood Hills. Paramedics treated Maynor who was placed under arrest by the Los Angeles Police Department. 

He pled guilty to one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts of first-degree residential burglary. 

At the time of Maynor’s arrest, Chief Mark G. Stainbrook stated:

“To the Beverly Hills Community, let me reassure you, this is one of the most protected and patrolled cities in the world. Crime of any kind will not be tolerated here. Let this be a message to anyone thinking of committing a crime in Beverly Hills – you will be caught and brought to justice.” 

Maynor faces a maximum sentence of 170 years in prison and will be ineligible for parole.

Jacqueline Avant was a philanthropist, mother, and model in the Ebony Fashion Fair, and married Clarence Avant in 1967.

When asked about the situation, Chief Mark G. Stainbrook stated:

“We are pleased to see Maynor will remain behind bars where he belongs. Our thoughts continue to be with the Avant family.” 

Maynor’s sentencing is set for March 30, and the investigation will remain open with the Beverly Hills Police Department until the suspect is sentenced.