A Pasadena man convicted of shooting his wife's boyfriend, cutting off his home monitoring ankle bracelet and skipping his sentencing hearing was apprehended in Texas Thursday morning after weeks on the run.
Dennis Schultz, 54, was found asleep in his Chevy Blazer by sheriff's deputies in Kendall County, Texas, said Anne Arundel State's Attorney Wes Adams. When deputies ran his license plate, they discovered the vehicle, parked at a rest stop, had stolen tags, the State's Attorney's Office said.
Deputies also ran a check of Schultz's name and found he had an outstanding warrant in Anne Arundel County. He was taken into custody without incident.
Adams' office has begun extradition proceedings to bring Schultz back to Maryland. That could take up to 90 days. He also faces new charges of second-degree escape, Adams said.
Schultz pleaded guilty June 23 to attempted second-degree murder and use of a firearm in a crime of violence for a February shooting on Pine Haven Drive in Pasadena. Schultz was in jail from the time of his arrest shortly after the shooting until his plea hearing June 23.
Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Michele Jaklitsch placed Schultz on house arrest at the plea hearing, complete with a home monitoring ankle bracelet, on the condition that he show up for sentencing. But Schultz cut off his ankle bracelet, Adams said, and didn't show up for sentencing.
Jaklitsch issued a warrant for his arrest. Anne Arundel Sheriff's Office Capt. William Smith said the Office immediately put two warrant teams on the case.
"We really stalked his neighborhood and had surveillance where he was known to hang and places like that, but he never showed up," Smith said.
The Sheriff's Office eventually determined Schultz had fled the state and entered his warrant into a national database.
"Our sheriffs deputies didn't let this guy escape, and now we have an opportunity to bring him back and hold him accountable," Adams said.
The attempted murder and firearm charges against Schultz stemmed from a shooting during the early morning hours of Feb. 25.
On the night of Feb. 24 into the early morning hours of Feb. 25, Schultz and wife Sandy got into an argument, assistant state's attorney Michelle Smith said during Schultz's plea hearing in June. The couple was married for 33 years, but in recent years had experienced some "troubles," Smith said.
Sandy then went to her parents' house on Pine Haven Drive. A short time later, Dennis called and wanted to talk in person. Sandy agreed to let him come to her parents' house.
When Schultz arrived around 1:30 a.m. Sandy let him into the house and he followed her to the basement, where her new boyfriend, Joe Kraus, 55, of Crownsville, was sitting in a chair, Smith said.
Within seconds, Schultz pulled out a black .32 caliber handgun, Smith said. Sandy screamed. Schultz opened fire on Kraus, Smith said.
Two of the shots grazed Kraus, Smith said, and one went through his arm and exited the back of his shoulder.
Schultz then pointed the gun at Sandy, Smith said, and she begged for him not to shoot her. He fled the house without firing another shot.
Police put out a lookout for Schultz and released photos of his vehicle, a white pickup truck with "Dennis Schultz Contracting" on the side. He was arrested early that afternoon and admitted to shooting Kraus. The gun used in the shooting was found with him.
Smith in June recommended a sentence of five to nine years of active incarceration. He must serve a minimum of five years without the possibility of parole.
Schultz now faces up to three additional years in prison if convicted of second-degree escape.