Michael Latt’s killer gets 35 years to life in 2023 attack on Netflix employee

This will not heal the wounds of loss, but Lady Justice may have provided some relief today. The woman who fatally shot Michael Latt in November 2023 will remain behind bars for decades, a judge made clear on Wednesday.

Jameelah Elena Michl was charged with murder by authorities late last year and sentenced to 35 years to life in prison. In his sentence, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kerry White ordered Michl to serve her time in a California prison. The chances that the 37-year-old Michl will ever leave prison are slim.

The sentence is the maximum sentence the judge can impose under California law.

Michl was arrested just days after she fatally shot the beloved studio marketer and social justice advocate in his Mid-Wilshire home. She has been in custody since Nov. 27, 2023, when she was arrested at the scene of the crime. Michl has been held on $3 million bail since then. She pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary on June 24.

Latt was “targeted” by Michl because “he was friends with a woman she was stalking,” the LA District Attorney’s office said at the time. The woman in question is A thousand and one director AV Rockwell. Michl had been stalking and threatening Rockwell for months and the filmmaker had obtained a number of restraining orders against her.

Earlier in 2023, Latt posted a photo of himself, his mother, and Rockwell online shortly after the wedding. A thousand and one won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance that year.

The founder and CEO of Lead With Love and a communications and marketing consultant for Netflix, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, Ryan Coogler, Warner Bros. Pictures, Common and Annapurna Pictures, among others, Latt was shot at close range with a semi-automatic pistol when Muchl forced her way into his home that November evening. Latt’s fiancée, Hannah Lovingood, was present at the time of Michl’s attack

Latt, 33, died of his injuries shortly afterward at a local hospital.

“Today marks the closing of a deeply painful chapter for Mr. Latt’s family, friends, and our entire community,” U.S. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement after Wednesday’s sentencing. “A tireless advocate for social justice, Mr. Latt championed equality, fairness, and equity in our criminal justice system. Mr. Latt’s ability to uplift his community left an indelible mark. His legacy will continue to inspire us to strive for a more just and inclusive society.”

Latt, who was mourned across Hollywood after news of his tragic death broke, came from a family with deep ties to the industry. Latt’s brother is Franklin Latt, who is CAA’s chief talent officer and a top-tier representative. Latt’s mother is Michelle Satter, who was honored this year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her decades of work on behalf of the Sundance Institute.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Michael’s family today.

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