Woman sentenced to 35 years to life for killing entertainment consultant michael latt.

Jameelah Elena Michl, who pleaded guilty to the murder of entertainment consultant and social justice advocate Michael Latt, was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison on Wednesday.

Incident and Guilty Plea

Michl had been stalking and threatening film director A.V. Rockwell and targeted Latt because he was Rockwell’s friend, according to prosecutors and police. Michl pleaded guilty last month to charges of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary related to the attack in November 2023.

Michael Latt’s Impact

Michael Latt was a consultant whose company focused on social impact in film and entertainment. He collaborated with notable directors such as Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) and Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”). His death was widely mourned in Hollywood.

“As a tireless advocate for social justice, Mr. Latt championed equality, justice, and equity in our criminal legal system,” stated Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. “Mr. Latt’s ability to uplift the community left an indelible mark. His legacy will continue to inspire us to strive for a more just and inclusive society.”

Details of the Crime

Prosecutors alleged that Michl knocked on the door of Latt’s Los Angeles home on November 27, 2023, forced her way in, and fatally shot him with a semi-automatic handgun. Latt was declared dead at a hospital.

Honorary Oscar Tribute

Weeks after the incident, Latt’s mother, Michelle Satter, received an honorary Oscar for her work as a founding director of the Sundance Institute. During the ceremony, her part became a tribute to her son. Ryan Coogler, who presented the award, described Latt as Satter’s “greatest gift to the world.” Satter expressed her desire to share the award with Latt, who always “led with love.”

Michl’s Statement

Michl’s public defender, Kimberly Wong, read a statement on her client’s behalf during the proceedings. “Ms. Michl changed her plea to guilty in order to take responsibility for her actions and do the right thing for all involved,” Wong said. “At the time of the shooting she had been homeless on the streets of Los Angeles for nine months and struggling with multiple traumatic events. She is deeply saddened by the tremendous amount of pain she has caused to so many and hopes that her change in plea will help everyone to be able to heal and move forward.”

Wong declined to comment further on the case.