Man convicted of torture makes court appearance ahead of trial

MARQUETTE — A man convicted on charges of solicitation of murder and torture was back in court Friday afternoon for a motions hearing.

Jason Sadowski, 45, and his attorney, Tony Ruiz, filed three motions to compel discovery. One of the motions proposed by the defense was to get access to non-public records related to the substance abuse by one of Sadowski’s accusers.

“I believe it is privileged information. Some of it may be privileged information and I do believe it is in the hands of the prosecutor’s office,” said Ruiz.

“Much of what they seek to get is post-incident information that has nothing to do upon the bearing of the credibility of (alleged victim),” said prosecutor Matt Wiese.

Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi will decide on that motion on Monday. Sadowski was arrested by the Ishpeming City Police Department in June of 2013, accused of torturing two women.

A jury found him guilty in March of 2014. The Michigan Court of Appeals granted Sadowski a retrial of his case last year.

His second trial is slated to start in December.