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Baltimore, Maryland – United States District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Igor Yasinov, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for armed robbery. Judge Hollander also ordered Yasinov pay $500,000 in restitution.
The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Terrence B. Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police.
According to his plea agreement, on December 25, 2012, Yasinov and co-conspirator Stanislav Yelizarov ("Yelizarov"), and others committed a burglary of a residence in Baltimore, where they stole a shotgun and semiautomatic handgun. The handgun would later be used in the robbery of a jewelry store on January 16, 2013.
In the fall of 2012, Yelizarov also devised a plan to commit the jewelry store robbery and recruited Yasinov, Zilberman, Sosonko, M. Yelizarov, Peter Magnis, Sorhib Omonov and others to participate in the robbery. Prior to the robbery, the conspirators gathered intelligence, including conducting surveillance and attaching a GPS device to the car of an employee of the jewelry store in order to learn the employee’s travel routine and habits. Zilberman also exploited his friendship with the employee to obtain information about the operation of the jewelry store and the habits of the employee. As part of the planning, S. Yelizarov obtained a law enforcement-type light bar and a loudspeaker to impersonate a police officer to stop the employee's vehicle. Yasinov participated in the obtaining of a rental vehicle for use during the crime.
According to the plea agreements, on January 15, 2013, Zilberman enticed the employee to visit his home, in order to alert the other co-conspirators of the employee’s whereabouts. While the employee was at Zilberman’s home, the other conspirators met at S. Yelizarov’s residence to prepare for the kidnapping and robbery, including preparing the firearms and donning masks and gloves. Early in the morning on January 16, 2013, M. Yelizarov and Omonov followed the employee from Zilberman’s home and notified the other conspirators of the employee’s location so they could follow the employee. S. Yelizarov, Sosonko, Yasinov, and Magnis used a law enforcement-type light bar and a loudspeaker to impersonate a police officer and pull over the employee. Brandishing firearms which were supplied by S. Yelizarov, the conspirators removed the employee from his car, bound and blindfolded the employee, put him into the trunk of his own car, and drove him to a predetermined location.
Once at the location, Sosonko, Yasinov, Magnis, and S. Yelizarov continued to brandish firearms and threatened to kill the employee’s family if he did not comply with their demands or if he reported the incident to police. The employee complied and at approximately 3:52 a.m., Sosonko and S. Yelizarov drove the employee’s vehicle from the remote location to the jewelry store. Yasinov and Magnis stayed with the employee and held him at gunpoint. M. Yelizarov and Omonov were stationed near the jewelry store to act as look-outs. S. Yelizarov and Sosonko entered the jewelry store and stole jewelry, stones, and watches, valued at about $500,000, then drove back to the remote location. The employee was then placed back into the trunk of his car and driven to another location, where he was left. The employee was able to kick his way out of the trunk through the back seat of his car.
On January 18, 2013, S. Yelizarov sold a portion of the stolen jewelry for approximately $29,000 to an FBI informant. On January 19, 2013, S. Yelizarov traveled to Brooklyn, New York to sell some, but not all, of the jewelry and stones taken during the robbery of Antony Jewelers. S. Yelizarov received over $100,000 in cash for the sale of the jewelry and stones. On or about January 21, 2013, S. Yelizarov returned to Maryland and divided the cash proceeds among the members of the conspiracy and others. Yasinov received in excess of $5,000 from S. Yelizarov for his role in the crimes.
Stanislav Yelizarov, age 27, of Pikesville, Maryland, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to a robbery conspiracy, kidnapping, and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Marat Yelizarov, age 29, of Pikesville, and Aleksey Sosonko, age 36, of Owings Mills, were sentenced to 18 years and 14 years in prison, respectively. Peter Aleksandrov Magnis, age 29, of Hydes, Maryland, and Sorhib Omonov, age 29, of Baltimore, were sentenced to seven years in prison and four years in prison, respectively. Grigoriy Zilberman, age 27, of Owings Mills, Maryland, was sentenced to three years in prison.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI, Baltimore County Police Department, and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.