Criminal Division


ase Updates:

On April 21, 2017, Kendu Petties was sentenced to serve two life terms and a ten year sentence upon his conviction for two counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.  A Linn County jury previously found Petties guilty after a two week trial in connection with the shooting deaths of Sierrah Simmons and Quintrell Perkins at 1708 Fourth Ave. S.E.  This case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and was prosecuted by 1st Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks and Assistant Linn County Attorney Monica Slaughter.

On April 24, 2017, Taylor John Latare was sentenced to serve a twenty-five (25) year prison term upon his plea of guilty to the crime of Homicide by Vehicle.  Latare was charged after his car struck and killed Gregory Erenberger who was operating his motorcycle and had stopped for a red light at the off-ramp of I-380 at Wright Brothers Blvd. S.W.  Latare failed field sobriety tests and a breath test showed his alcohol concentration to be .173 which is over twice the legal limit.  This case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and was prosecuted by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden. 

On June 7, 2017, Bradley Joseph Leyse was sentenced to serve a twenty-five (25) year prison term upon his pleas of guilty to five (5) counts of theft in the second degree and revocation of his probation. The defendant was on probation for burglary in the third degree and theft in the second degree when he committed the new offenses which were investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Linn County Sheriff’s Department.  These cases were prosecuted by Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler.


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.