Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Monday a Pikesville man pleaded guilty to the murder of Wayne Ruder, a jewelry storeowner.
Twenty-seven-year-old Stanislav “Steven” Yelizarov burglarized several homes in Baltimore County. In one particular burglary, Yelizarov stole a diamond ring valued over $22,000. He sold the ring to Ruder who owned a jewelry store on Reisterstown Road for $9,000 in cash. Yelizarov later came to conclusion that he had got cheated in the deal.
Yelizarov burglarized another home in April 2009, stealing several firearms, including a Llama handgun with a suppressor and had been modified to fire .22-caliber subsonic ammunition. Yelizarov was able to obtain the ammunition at some point.
Yelizarov told Ruder he knew some people from New York who were interested in selling $30,000 worth of gold. The two agreed to meet at Ruder’ jewelry store on December 26, 2009, at which time Yelizarov entered the store and shot Ruder 15 times. Before fleeing the area, Yelizarov stole between $15,000 and $30,000 from Ruder – the money intended for the purchase of the fold.
An autopsy revealed that Ruder had been shot 10 times in the head and three times in the back.
Yelizarov’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 21. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.