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Jewelry store robber gets 20 years in prison

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Posted at 5:37 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 17:37:00-04

A Pikesville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on a litany of charges stemming from a jewelry store robbery and subsequent crimes committed in 2012 through 2013. 

Stanislav "Steven" Yelizarov, 28, was convicted of the Use, Carry, and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Causing the Death of Another. The sentence will run consecutively with a 30-year sentence Yelizarov is already serving for conspiracy, kidnapping, and brandishing a firearm in connection with his role as the leader of a robbery of a jewelry store, carjacking, kidnapping, and an armed home invasion. 

Yelizarov was a serial burglar in Baltimore County, according to evidence at his sentencing hearing. In March of 2009, he stole a large diamond engagement ring during the burglary of the the home of an acquaintance. Yelizarov then sold the diamond to Wayne Ruder, a jewelry store owner who sold precious metals and stones throughout the Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. area. Yelizarov came to think the diamond was worth more than what Ruder paid.

In April of 2009, the burglar broke into another home and stole guns and firearm accessories, including a weapon he would use in a subsequent murder of Ruder.

In December of that year, Yelizarov told Ruder he knew people from New York looking to sell a large amount of gold, which Ruder came to believe would be worth more than $30,000. The two finally agreed to meet on December 26, 2009. 

Upon entering the store, Yelizarov shot Ruder, 15 times in total, with a stolen fire arm from the previous burglaries. Yelizarov then took Ruder's bank bag, believing it had between $15,000 and $30,000 in cash. 

While in the Maryland Department of Corrections in 2015, Yelizarov plotted the murder of numerous witnesses in the federal case against him as well.