A Davenport teen who was sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison on multiple felony convictions – that includes his role in the May 7, 2011, shooting death of 19-year-old Michael Elijah Gabriel Williams in front of the Col Ballroom on West 4th Street in Davenport – has walked away from work release.
The Iowa Department of Corrections announced Thursday that Cazmiere Deshawn Graves, 22, did not report back to the Davenport Work Release-OWI Center as required.
Graves is now wanted on a charge of escape.
Graves was 15 when he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Williams. He entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a charge of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
According to Scott County District Court electronic records, on Oct. 28, 2011, Graves was the committed to the custody and guardianship of the Iowa Department of Human Services and place at the Iowa State Training School for Boys in Eldora, Iowa.
In June of 2013, he was placed into the custody of his mother, Heidi Graves.
Graves did not stay out of trouble and the intimidation charge would come back to haunt him as the judge in that case postponed possible prison time until Graves turned 18.
On Aug. 27, 2013, he was arrested on charges of assault while participating in a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with an incident that occurred Aug. 25. Both of the charges are Class D felonies that carry a prison sentence of up to five years. Since he was 17 at the time, he was charged as an adult.
Then on Sept. 19, 2013, he led police on a vehicle chase and caused a crash. He was charged with felony eluding, a Class D felony. Again, he was charged as an adult since he did not turn 18 until Nov. 12.
In January of 2014, Graves was sentenced on all charges: 10 years for the intimidation with a weapon charge, 5 years for the assault while participating in a felony, five years for being a felon in possession of a fire arm, and five years for eluding. All of the sentences were to run consecutively to one another, or back-to-back.
However, there was no minimum time before he could be placed on work release leading up to parole.
Graves was placed on work release Jan. 25.
He is described as 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighs 166 pounds.
Anyone with information on Graves’ whereabouts is asked to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125, or leave an anonymous tip on the city’s mobile apps “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or CrimeReports by Motorola.” Or contact the Iowa Department of Corrections at 515-725-5701.