Criminal Division


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Edward Cusic (FECR101544)

On February 8th, 2016, Edward Cusic was sentenced by Judge Fae Hoover Grinde to serve 50 years in prison upon his conviction for second degree murder.  Cusic had been convicted by a Linn County jury after a seven day trial for beating his mother to death with a crowbar.  Evidence showed she had been struck eight times and suffered 19 broken bones in the attack. Cusic will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.  This case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant Linn County Attorneys Nic Scott and Matt Kishinami.


Travis Standlee (FECR114514)

On June 7th, 2016, a Linn County jury found Travis Standlee guilty of second degree murder for killing Raymond Ursino in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church, 310 5th Street S.E. in downtown Cedar Rapids.  A deputy state medical examiner testified Ursino died from manual strangulation. Sentencing for Standlee, who faces 50 years in prison, will be set at a later time because he also faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Sharon Mead which is set for trial in August.  This case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant Linn County Attorneys Jordan Schier and Michael Harris. 


Lawson Chadwick (FECR112562)

On July 11th, 2016, Judge Sean McPartland sentenced Lawson Chadwick to serve 40 years in prison upon his plea of guilty to homicide by vehicle while under the influence of drugs and first-degree theft as an habitual offender.  Chadwick admitted during his guilty plea he was under the influence of methamphetamine and amphetamines when he led police on a high-speed chase before crashing into a van causing the death of Cedar Rapids city employee, Stephen J. Cook.  This case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant Linn County Attorneys Nic Scott and Elena Wolford.


Julie Hutson (FECR113491)

On July 13th, 2016, a Linn County jury convicted Julie Hutson for the crimes of sexual abuse in the second degree and incest after a three day trial.  Evidence showed she had sexually abused a 4-year-old Marion boy in 2009 when she was fifteen years old.  Hutson faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced which is scheduled for September 2 before Judge Mitchell Turner.  This case was investigated by the Marion Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant Linn County Attorney Jordan Schier. 


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.