man to be sentenced next month for murder of teen

A Manchester man convicted of murdering a Linn County teenager 41 years ago is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

The sentencing hearing for Jerry Burns, 66, in Iowa District Court of Linn County is set for April 17 for the murder of Michelle Martinko, according to court documents obtained today.

Last month, a jury convicted Burns of first-degree murder for the Dec. 19, 1979, stabbing death of Martinko, 18. Her body was found the next day inside her family’s car at a Cedar Rapids shopping mall.

In Iowa, a first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.