Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 27, 2013

Cage fighter in death hoax gets 17 years

GLADWIN — A mixed-martial arts fighter who faked his death to evade a drug dealer has been sentenced to at least 17 1/2 years in prison for a robbery at a northern Michigan gun shop.

Charles Rowan admits he robbed a gun shop in Gladwin last March, weeks after his girlfriend told family and friends that he had died in a car wreck while traveling to a cage match.

Rowan was sentenced Monday in a Gladwin County court. Gun shop owner Richard Robinette survived a severe beating during the robbery.

Rowan’s arrest stunned people in northern Michigan, especially mixed-martial arts promoters who had arranged cage matches for him and thought he was dead. They raised more than $1,000 to pay for his funeral, although there was no funeral.



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