Criminal Division


ase Updates:

On December 27th, 2017, after a two week trial, a Linn County jury found Quarzone Martin guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, Assault With Intent to Inflict Serious Injury, Willful Injury and Going Armed With Intent. The charges stem from a July 2017 incident in which Martin shot Andrew Meeks and Johnny Moore Jr., in a Walmart parking lot in southwest Cedar Rapids.  Meeks died from a gunshot wound to his neck; Moore survived a gunshot wound to his chest.  Sentencing is scheduled for February 13, 2018 at which time Martin faces a maximum of sixty-five (65) years in prison with a mandatory minimum of thirty-five (35) years.  This case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids police department and prosecuted by Assistant Linn County Attorneys Jordan Schier and Michael Harris.


The Criminal Division of the Linn County Attorney's Office is divided into three levels of criminal charges:
  • Felony crimes
  • Indictable misdemeanors
  • Simple misdemeanors

Felony Crimes
Felony offenses are the most serious crimes established in the Iowa Code and are subject to the possibility of a prison term that is served in a State penal institution. In addition to the possible loss of liberty, those convicted of felony offenses stand to lose certain civil rights including the right to vote, hold office or to possess firearms. Some occupations require certain bonding or insurance coverage before beginning employment. Some insurance companies refuse to bond convicted felons making it difficult to become employed in certain positions.

 Indictable Misdemeanors
Indictable misdemeanors are offenses for which the punishment can be a term of up to one year in the county jail or a term not to exceed two years in prison.   These offenses are referred to as serious or aggravated misdemeanors. The Iowa Code provides for enhanced sentencing for certain repeat offenders (i.e., OWI, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Domestic Assault) that increase the penalties for some misdemeanor offenses to the felony level.

Simple Misdemeanors
Simple misdemeanors are the least serious offenses in the Iowa Code and can include traffic offenses. Simple misdemeanor offenses include a fine ranging between $65.00 up to $625.00 or the court may order imprisonment not to exceed 30 days in addition to a fine.  Most traffic offenses have a scheduled fine and the law requires the Clerk to asses a 35% surcharge on the fine as well as $60.00 in court costs.