Sadowksi found not guilty on all counts
By RYAN JARVI
Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE — Jason David Sadowski was acquitted of all seven counts following a lengthy jury deliberation Friday, and will be released from prison, court officials said.
He was charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder, two counts of torture, two counts of false imprisonment and two counts of strangulation. But following nearly a two-week retrial and several hours of jury discussion, he was found not guilty on all charges.
Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese said he was “very disappointed” in the outcome of the retrial.
“However, we’re appreciative of the jury’s hard work on the case and it was obvious they put a lot of time and effort into considering the case,” Wiese said. “I would further say that we’re not sure what else we could have done … to present our case differently or better.”
Sadowski’s charges stemmed from a July 2013 incident in which Sadowski and another man, Charles Leroy Cope, were accused of tying up two women, threatening and beating them in the basement of his Ishpeming home and business after they reportedly stole a disputed amount of money from Sadowski’s wallet.
After being convicted of the seven counts in March 2014, Sadowski successfully appealed the decision in December 2015 and was granted a retrial.
Jury selection for the retrial began March 6. After testimony and closing remarks, the jurors began deliberation around 4 p.m. Thursday and continued until about 5:30 p.m. They reconvened Friday morning and continued discussing the case until reaching a “not guilty” decision shortly before 7 p.m.
During the retrial defense attorney Tony Ruiz questioned law enforcement’s handling of the case and an alleged bias against Sadowski, as well as the credibility of the alleged victim and her history of drug abuse, and inconsistent testimony given by witnesses.
Ruiz could not be contacted for comment by press time Friday.
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