A mixed-martial arts fighter who faked his death to evade a drug dealer says he regrets the deception.
Charles Rowan robbed a northern Michigan gun shop in March, weeks after his girlfriend told family and friends he had died in a car wreck while traveling to a cage match. He was sentenced in November to at least 17 1/2 years in prison for the robbery.
During an interview from mid-Michigan's St. Louis Correctional Facility, Rowan told The Detroit News he was surprised by how hard people took word of his death.
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.