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Convicted jewelry store robber pleads guilty in murder case

A Pikesville man who was previously convicted in the armed robbery of a jewelry store has pleaded guilty in the case of the murder of another jewelry store owner.

Stanislav "Steven" Yelizarov, 27, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday to one count of using and firing a gun in relation to a crime causing death, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

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Prosecutors described Yelizarov as a serial burglar of homes in Baltimore County. They said he robbed the home of an acquaintance in March 2009 and stole a diamond engagement ring worth more than $22,000.

Yelizarov took the ring to 56-year-old Wayne Ruder, who owned The Ruder and Company Jewelry and Antiques in the 6900 block of Reisterstown Road in Baltimore. Ruder gave Yelizarov $9,000 for the ring, but Yelizarov later discovered that the ring was worth more and felt he had been cheated, according to prosecutors.

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In December 2009, Yelizarov told Ruder he had people from New York who were prepared to sell $30,000 worth of gold. Ruder agreed to meet Yelizarov at his store, where Yelizarov shot him multiple times with a stolen handgun, prosecutors said.

Yelizarov also took Ruder's bank bag, which typically contained between $15,000 and $30,000 in cash.

Yelizarov faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 21.

Yelizarov was sentenced last year to 30 years in prison for taking part in the 2013 robbery of an Owings Mills jewelry store. In that case, the robbers staked out an employee of Antony Jewelers, then impersonated police and kidnapped him as they stole $500,000 in jewelry, stones and watches.

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