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Pikesville man pleads guilty to killing jewelry store owner over diamond ring

Pikesville man pleads guilty to killing jewelry store owner over diamond ring

PIKESVILLE, Md. (WBFF) - A Pikesville man pleaded guilty to killing a jewelry store owner in 2009 after believing that the victim cheated him on the value of a stolen diamond ring, reported the U.S. Attorney's office.

Stanislav "Steven" Yelizarov, 27, burglarized homes throughout Baltimore County, including the home of an acquaintance where he stole a large diamond engagement ring valued at more than $22,000, according to a press release.

Yelizarov sold the diamond for about $9,000 to Wayne Ruder, who owned a jewelry store on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore City. Yelizarov later came to believe the diamond was worth much more and that Ruder cheated him, according to the release.

Yelizarov also stole firearms that year from another acquaintance. He pleaded guilty to one count of using, carrying and discharging a gun in connection with a crime of violence causing death. Wayne Ruder was the 2009 murder victim.

The government was also prepared to prove that Yelizarov shot Ruder multiple times on Dec. 26, 2009 with the stolen handgun after Ruder agreed to meet him at the store. Yelizarov then took Ruder's bank bag, which had up to $30,000 in cash, and disposed of the handgun in a nearby quarry, according to the press release.

Yelizarov faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.


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