Ishpeming men Sadowski and Cope found guilty in torture trial

MARQUETTE – After eight hours of deliberation, the jury returned guilty verdicts at roughly 9 p.m. Tuesday on 11 of the 12 charges against Ishpeming men Jason David Sadowski and Charles Leroy Cope.

Both Sadowski, 44, and Cope, 66, were charged with two counts of torture and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. Sadowski was also charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, solicitation of murder and assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder.

Sadowski was found guilty on every charge, except the criminal sexual conduct charge.

Cope was found guilty on all four charges against him.

Both men could face up to life in prison.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The charges stem from a July 2 incident in which police say two Ishpeming women were duct taped to posts in the basement of Sadowski’s home and business, The Martial Way, beaten, tortured and threatened with death for hours.

For the full story, please see Wednesday’s edition of The Mining Journal.