About 50 miles southeast of Cleveland, a mansion sits abandoned — a larger-than-life structure for a larger-than-life persona.
In the 1980s, it was home to professional boxer Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-born Tyson chose the location to be closer to the Orwell, Ohio, training facility of boxing promoter Don King, which is about 20 miles north.
Tyson returned here after spending three years in the early 1990s in prison in Indiana for the rape of 18-year-old beauty contestant Desiree Washington. The indoor pool is shaped like a boxing glove, according to People magazine.
But financial problems in 1999 caused Tyson, now 48 and retired, to sell the 13,500-square-foot mansion with almost 6,000 additional square feet in the basement and its surrounding 58-acre property. TV marketer Paul Monea bought it for $1.3 million, according to online records from the Trumbull County Auditor’s Office.
Monea, 68, never lived there. He was convicted of conspiracy and money laundering charges in 2007 and and will remain in prison until 2018, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Monea’s legal problems helped him get behind on paying his taxes on the former Tyson property, and it was sold at a sheriff’s sale in 2010 to health-club entrepreneur Ron Hemelgarn for $600,000 and back taxes. Hemelgarn, who also never lived there, donated the property Dec. 30 to The Living Word Sanctuary, which plans to turn Tyson’s former party pad into a house of worship and youth center.
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SOURCE: WKYC-TV, Cleveland – David Hrvatin