Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced that Dennis Patrick Schultz, 54, of Pasadena – who fled the State to avoid appearing for his August 11, 2015 sentencing and was subsequently extradited from Texas – was sentenced to 58 years with 20 years of active incarceration and 5 years of probation, following guilty pleas to 2nd degree attempted murder, 1st degree assault, use of firearm in a the commission of a crime of violence, and 2nd degree escape. Schultz was also sentenced to pay restitution to the County in the amount of $4,670.00. He was also ordered to forfeit his weapon, have no contact with the victim, and have no unlawful contact with Sandy Schultz.
“I appreciate Judge Keissling for recognizing that the cycle of domestic violence destroys lives, and criminals engaged in that cycle – regardless of pleas for leniency – must be held accountable,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams.
On February 25th, after Schultz and his wife Sandy argued, Sandy allowed Schultz into her parent’s home around 1:30am, where he pulled out a .32 caliber handgun and opened fire on her boyfriend, Joe Kraus, of Crownsville – shooting him in the arm. Schultz then pointed the gun at Sandy and she begged him not to shoot her. He left the premises with no other shots fired. Schultz was arrested later that day, admitting to the crime with the handgun in his possession. Schultz had served jail time from the time of his arrest prior to his June 23rd plea hearing. An Anne Arundel County judge then placed Schultz on house arrest, ordering him to wear an ankle bracelet, with the condition that he was to appear for his sentencing hearing. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear for his sentencing.
On September, 3rd 2015, Schultz was found asleep in the cargo area of his brown Chevrolet Blazer at a West-bound rest stop on Interstate 10 in Boerne, Texas. When officers ran his license plate, they discovered the vehicle had stolen tags, ran his name, and found that he had an outstanding warrant in Anne Arundel County. They apprehended Schultz without incident. He was arrested and held at the Kendall County Adult Detention Facility.
ASA Mary Sezter prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.