Sadowski, Cope found guilty

Mar 5, 2014

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Ishpeming men have been found guilty of nearly all counts against them, following a trial on kidnapping and torture charges. 

Jason Sadowski

Trial began February 25 for Jason Sadowski, 43, and Charles Cope, 66.  They were accused of tying up two women in the basement of Sadowski’s martial arts studio and assaulting them over a period of hours. 

Sadowski claimed the women stole money from him.

The jury began deliberations around 1 p.m. Tuesday and returned with the verdict around 9:30 p.m. 

Sadowski was found guilty of seven counts, including torture, assault, unlawful imprisonment and

Charles Cope

solicitation of murder, but not guilty on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

Cope was found guilty on two counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of torture. 

Both face up to life in prison.  A sentencing date has not yet been set.