The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced the guilty plea of a man and woman who participated in the burglary and murder of 83-year-old James Herget.
Forty-seven-year-old Derrick Carter and 25-year-old Steven Stawara admitted to helping kill Herget who community member knew as the “Mayor of Brooklyn” in 2016. Stawara pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and first-degree burglary and Carter pled guilty to first-degree murder.
Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Cambria Street on December 16, 2016 to perform a welfare check. The responding officers found Herget lying on the living room floor suffering from multiple stab sounds.
Crime lab analysts tracked a body trail of footprints from the home to a row house a few doors down, where Carter and Stawara were living. Officers observed blood on the bottom of Carter’s shoes. Jewelry belonging to the victim was recovered from the residence.
Stawara admitted to arriving at the crime scene after the murder had taken place. He also admitted to stealing several items from the victim and selling them at a local pawnshop. He told officers that Carter stabbed the victim to death and showed them were he hid his bloody clothes and knife. Detectives recovered the items from a storm drain in the 400 block of Franklin S. Carter.
“This was an outrageous and heinous crime perpetrated by individuals with no code of ethics against a vulnerable 83-yr old, well respected community member. This sort of violence is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated without accountability,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement. “My hope is that Mr. Herget’s loved ones and the greater Brooklyn community will find closure from today’s results.”
Stawara is facing a 30-year prison sentence and Carter a life sentence. Sentencing for Carter and Stawara is scheduled for January 11, 2018.