Jason Sadowski

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing on firearms charges is set in Marquette Federal Court this week for Jason Sadowski. 

The Ishpeming man was exonerated on seven felony counts after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on charges he tortured two women at his martial arts studio.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man retried for torturing two women at his mixed martial arts studio has been found not guilty on all charges. 

The Michigan Court of Appeals granted Jason Sadowski, 47, a new trial after his co-defendant made comments that implicated him at the first trial, but Sadowski couldn’t challenge the statements because the co-defendant didn’t testify.

Sadowski was exonerated Friday on seven charges, including torture, solicitation of murder, unlawful imprisonment, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Ishpeming men will spend many years in prison on torture and kidnapping charges. 

Jason Sadowski, 44, and Charles Cope, 66, were convicted in March of holding

Two women captive in Sadowski’s basement, beating them, and threatening to kill them last July. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Ishpeming men found guilty this week of kidnapping and torturing two women will learn next month how much time they’ll spend in prison.  

Marquette County Circuit Court has set April 21 as the date Jason Sadowski, 44, and Charles Cope, 66, will be sentenced. 

Both men were found guilty Tuesday of two counts of torture and counts of unlawful imprisonment.  Sadowski was also convicted of solicitation of murder and two counts of assault with  intent to do bodily harm less than murder. 

They face up to life in prison. 

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

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. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A pretrial hearing was held Monday for an Ishpeming man charged with kidnapping and torturing two women last summer.  

Council discussed whether testimony against Jason Sadowski, 43, from one of the victims—who has since died—could be used in trial.

Prosecution also filed a motion that Sadowski be restrained during the trial because of the violent nature of his previous crimes.  A video showing Sadowski assaulting an inmate while he was imprisoned for another crime was shown in the courtroom.