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2 sentenced for attacking, robbing Gladwin County gun shop owner

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GLADWIN COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/25/13) - She needed rent money. He wanted to pay a drug debt. Monday, they both learned they're headed to prison for robbing and attacking a 74-year-old gun shop owner.

It was back in March that Dick Robinette was hit in the head with a hammer, and robbed in Gladwin County.

Charles Rowan is headed to prison for between 17.5 and 40 years for robbing and attacking Robinette.

"None of this ever should have happened," Rowan said during sentencing.

Before he learned his fate, Rowan tried to pull out of his plea deal. Gladwin County Judge Thomas Evans didn't let him.

"I thought it was ridiculous, is what I think, yeah. Just, just theatrics. Prolonging the inevitable," said Josh Robinette, Dick's son.

One of Rowan's accomplices that day was Rosalinda Martinez. "I was told that there would be under no circumstances, that anybody would be hurt," she said.

Her attorney argued for leniency because Martinez stayed and called 911.

Martinez will be behind bars for at least 5 years 10 months, and no more than 30 years.

"My dad's doing very, very good. There's obviously lifelong effects this is going to have because where it happened in the brain, but he's making great progress and Thanksgiving's Thursday and while these guys are in prison, we'll be with my dad," Josh said.

This week, the Robinette family is thankful Dick is making progress, but they're not surprised. Dick spends several days a week in physical therapy, and he says he'll keep going.

"Until I can go as far as I can go. I'm, I'm not going to quit," Dick said.

From his plumbing business to his gun shop, Dick has always worked hard to provide for his family. That's one reason the attack and robbery is so frustrating for Dick's family.

Martinez says she needed to pay rent. Investigators say Rowan had a drug debt to settle.

"They need 24 hour supervision because they think like children. Only thinking of themselves and their desires. Taking what they want, even though they didn't put the years of hard work to earn it," Josh said.

So while Rowan and Martinez left court in shackles, Dick Robinette left the courthouse holding his wife Roxie's hand and surrounded by his family.

"I love them. That's all I can say is I love them," Dick said.

The third person charged in this case, Michael Bowman, will be sentenced in January.

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