---- — 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.