Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 2/9/2017

James Shaw Jr. was sentenced to 40 years in prison suspend all but 25 years for the second degree murder of Steven Krug. In addition to second degree murder, Shaw was also convicted of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Seidel prosecuted the case.

Krug was murdered on August 9, 2015 in the 4700 block of Gwynn Oak Avenue in West Baltimore’s Central Forest Park neighborhood. First responders found Krug suffering from two gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

Witnesses and surveillance footage from the area aided police in identifying Shaw as the suspected killer. Shaw told investigators that he was at the scene of the crime the night the murder occurred. He was later identified by witnesses via photo array.

"My prosecutors are doing everything possible to secure convictions against the worst of the worst who continue to commit senseless murders in our communities,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This conviction is yet another example of our relentlessness to rid our communities of such heinous violence.”

According to Seidel, Krug’s family was involved throughout the entire legal process, and his mother and aunt delivered heartfelt victim impact statements to the court during Shaw’s sentencing hearing.

The Victim-Witness Services Unit works closely with all victims and witnesses of violent crime by coordinating court dates, providing bereavement counseling, and assisting in the victim impact statement process, which fosters community trust and increases the probability of convictions.

“Detective Todd Corriveau put a lot of work into this case. He located witnesses, located cameras that caught parts of the incident on camera, and put together a really strong case for us to prosecute,” Seidel said.