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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:01 pm

January 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm
By Mark Hicks
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Robert Bashara, the man convicted of plotting to kill a handyman accused of murdering Bashara's wife, has been transferred to a different prison.

Bashara has been moved to the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, said Russ Marlan, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

He had been at the reception center in Jackson, where male offenders typically are sent to start their sentence, Marlan said.

Last month, Bashara was ordered to serve six to 20 years in prison for solicitation of murder after pleading guilty to charges he attempted to hire a hit man to kill handyman Joseph Gentz in jail.

Gentz has claimed Bashara offered him money and a car to kill Jane Bashara, a Grosse Pointe Park marketing executive found strangled in January 2012.

Her husband admitted he tried to hire a Detroit furniture store owner over the summer to have Gentz killed in the William Dickerson Detention Facility.

Bashara tearfully apologized during the sentencing in December.

"What I did is inexcusable. I have no one to blame but myself," Bashara told Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce U. Morrow. "What I did was a crime and something I will regret for the rest of my life."

The earliest release date is Feb. 24, 2019, according to the MDOC website. The latest is Feb. 24, 2032.

Gentz pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder charges in Jane Bashara's death.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda R. Evans told Gentz he will face 17 to 28 years in prison under the plea agreement.

Gentz is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29.


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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:23 pm

Gentz sentencing was postponed today until March 1, 2013, according to some reports or until March 26, 2013, 9 a.m., according to the other report....

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:42 pm

One year after Jane Bashara's murder, husband maintains he was not involved as handyman claims

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GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - One year after Jane Bashara was found strangled in her Mercedes, her husband Bob continues to maintain his innocence....

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:05 pm

Darkman wrote:Gentz sentencing was postponed today until March 1, 2013, according to some reports or until March 26, 2013, 9 a.m., according to the other report....

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Post by Darkman on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:43 am

Jane Bashara's murder: 1 year later

Handyman charged with Grosse Pointe Park mom's death, husband admits to trying to kill handyman

Published On: Jan 24 2013 10:18:54 PM EST Updated On: Jan 24 2013 10:22:41 PM EST

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It is one of metro Detroit’s most bizarre murder investigations.

The murder of Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara last January put the spotlight on her husband, his secret life and his handyman.

Now, a year later, the Defenders are looking back and revealing a new twist in the still ongoing investigation....

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Bob will likely face new charges

Investigators have not stopped working the case.

The Defenders have learned that charges may be brought against Bob in connection with his wife’s death.

Statement from Jane Bashara’s sister, Julie Rowe:

"We have spent the last year grieving as privately as possible, and we appreciate the respect that has been shown to us. We miss Jane. We look forward to a satisfactory conclusion to the investigation into her murder."

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Post by Darkman on Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:04 am

Attorney: Gentz sentencing delay could mean Bashara arrest imminent

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The postponement of the Joe Gentz sentencing that was scheduled for this Tuesday could mean that a Bob Bashara arrest could be imminent, according to a law professor.

Richard Krisciunas of University of Detroit Mercy Law School said that if Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to charge Bashara in his wife’s murder, she will do it and have Gentz testify prior to his sentencing.

“Something is percolating,” said Krisciunas, a former assistant Wayne County prosecutor. “They’re probably trying to tie up loose ends.”

Gentz’s sentencing for second-degree murder in Jane Bashara’s death a year ago was pushed back last week to March 1 by Judge Vonda Evans of Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.

Gentz’s attorney, Susan Reed, said Friday she did not request the delay.

Gentz was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in December and agreed to testify against Bashara in exchange for dismissal of the higher charges and a 17-28 year sentence.

Gentz by law must be sentenced within one year. But the lead assistant prosecutor in the case, Lisa Lindsey, likely wants Gentz to testify against Bashara at a preliminary examination or trial before he is sentenced because once Gentz is sentenced, prosecutors lose much of the legal potency to force him to the witness stand, Krisciunas said.

“Once you sentence him, the court (judge) loses jurisdiction, and he’s in the hands of the Michigan Department of Corrections,” he said.

If Gentz later refuses to testify at a trial or he is otherwise unavailable, prosecutors could have his preliminary examination testimony recited into the record at trial to build the case against Bashara, Krisciunas said.

However, Gentz’s sentencing may get delayed again if prosecutors want Gentz to testify at a trial, and/or if Bashara waives his right to a preliminary exam, he said.

The preliminary exam testimony, if it strongly implicates Bashara, also can be used as leverage for a potential plea in the case. Prosecutors may be receptive to Bashara pleading guilty to second-degree murder with a relatively long sentence — 25 years — to avoid a trial, Krisciunas said. Bashara is already serving 6-1/2 to 20 years after pleading guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz housed in a Wayne County Jail facility.

“You never know what could happen if you went to trial,” Krisciunas said. “One juror could hold it up. You could try the case and lose it. And then you have Gentz facing cross-examination in a second trial.”

Lindsey and assistant Wayne County prosecutor Robert Moran may have concerns about Gentz, who has been described as a slow learner, testifying since he may have provided police with multiple accounts of what occurred, and Bashara’s defense attorney Mark Kriger would test him in cross-examination, he said.

Investigators are trying to corroborate Gentz’s testimony with evidence, including video, witness statements and phone records, among others, he said.

Gentz, 49, formerly of Macomb County, said he strangled Jane Bashara, 56, at her Grosse Pointe Park home on the promise of payment and under a threat by Bob Bashara. Her body was found in her SUV parked in an east-side Detroit alley.

Bob Bashara, 55, was called a person of interest but never charged.

Krisciunas said attorneys and the judge also have to consider their schedules in orchestrating the two cases’ timing.

“Lisa Lindsey may have other trials or investigations,” he said. “He (Moran) may have other cases as well.”

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Post by Darkman on Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:27 am

Darkman wrote:Gentz sentencing was postponed today until March 1, 2013, according to some reports or until March 26, 2013, 9 a.m., according to the other report....

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March 26 at 9 a.m. ... looks like was wrong info....

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Post by Darkman on Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:21 pm

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Prayer vigil marks one-year anniversary of Jane Bashara’s murder

By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Staff Writer

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Dozens of friends, relatives and fellow parishioners at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church paid tribute to slain Grosse Pointe Park mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara on the one-year anniversary of her murder during a prayer vigil Jan. 24 at the church.

The solemn service, which lasted about 30 minutes, was led by the Rev. Marianna Gronek. Family members used the Paschal candle, which Gronek said “symbolizes Jesus’ power to overcome … our sorrow and our loss,” to light seven smaller candles, which were placed in a row in front of the Paschal candle.

Through prayers, hymns and readings, participants acknowledged Jane Bashara’s life and mourned her loss. She was said to have been an active volunteer with the church.

“Keep Jane ever present in our hearts, and may we honor her memory, embracing each new day with courage and faith,” Gronek prayed.

The church wardens, chancellor and rector issued a statement for the media on the tragic anniversary that read, “Through our belief in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, we continue to offer prayers for healing on behalf of our sister, Jane, for this whole community, and for all who continue to mourn her loss on the yearly anniversary of her death. Even as we grieve with wounded hearts, we also give thanks for the fullness of joy in which Jane served in our parish ministries and now lives with her Lord, and toward which we faithfully travel in healing and hope.”

Born June 22, 1955, in Mount Clemens, Jane Bashara, 56, was a senior marketing manager for Detroit-based KEMA Services. She had a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor of business administration degree from Central Michigan University. Well-known and well-regarded for her service to the community — especially through the Grosse Pointe South High School Mothers’ Club, of which she was a past president — she was survived by her two young-adult children, Robert Bashara Jr. and Jessica Bashara, as well as her husband of 26 years, Robert Bashara, her parents, John and Lorraine Engelbrecht, and her siblings, Janet Gottsleben, Julie Rowe and John Engelbrecht.

Jane Bashara’s body was found inside her Mercedes SUV, in an alley on Detroit’s east side, on the morning of Jan. 25, just hours after her husband reported her missing to police. Although, as of press time, he had not been charged in connection with her murder and has maintained his innocence in the case, Robert Bashara was labeled a “person of interest” by Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety early in the investigation, and has thus far been the only person to whom law enforcement have given this designation.

Justice for Jane — a group of Jane Bashara’s friends, colleagues and others who formed last year to campaign for prosecution of those responsible for her murder — didn’t have a comment at press time about the one-year anniversary of her death. However, an anonymous spokesperson for the group said, by email, “We are holding Jane’s children, her family and her cherished friends especially close in thought and prayer during this difficult time and (in) the upcoming weeks, that they may find solace, comfort and strength in each other, and, as one of our members posted so eloquently, ‘… that they find a way to celebrate and remember her without pain but only love.’”

At press time, a sentencing exam for Joseph Gentz, 49 — the Grosse Pointe Park handyman who said he killed Jane Bashara at the behest of her husband — was rescheduled from Jan. 29 to March 1 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans. A spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Evans told prosecutors and defense attorneys about the adjournment Jan. 23. Gentz, who pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in exchange for agreeing to testify truthfully in future court proceedings, is expected to spend the next 17-28 years in a Michigan prison for his involvement in the homicide.

Meanwhile, Robert Bashara, 55 — who pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder Oct. 11 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Bruce U. Morrow — was slated to spend the next six to 20 years behind bars for trying to have Gentz murdered in jail. At press time, Bashara was incarcerated at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website. As a level IV security facility, it is the second-highest security level facility in the state; a level V facility is a maximum-security prison.

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Post by raine1953 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:16 pm

Wow, it's already been one year, doesn't seem like it. I sure hope there is justice for Jane.
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Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:53 am

Handyman convicted in murder of Grosse Pointe Park's Jane Bashara will be sentenced Feb. 19

Joe Gentz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder but has said he was ordered to kill by victim's husband

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The man who confessed to police he killed a Grosse Pointe Park mother will learn his sentence next week.

Joe Gentz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of Jane Bashara.

His sentencing was supposed to be at the end of January, but has now been scheduled for Feb. 19 at 9 .m.

He could be sentenced to life in prison.

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Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:04 pm

Joe Gentz sentencing moved up to Tuesday

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Posted: Thursday, 02/14/13 01:56 pm
Updated: Thursday, 02/14/13 01:57

The sentencing of Joe Gentz has been moved up to Tuesday after it had been pushed back to March 1, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Gentz, 49, formerly of Macomb County, in December pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit for the January 2012 strangulation of Jane Bashara, 56, in her Grosse Pointe garage.

Gentz pleaded and agreed to testify truthfully in the case against Bob Bashara, 55, who was named a person of interest in his wife Jane’s death, in exchange for a prison term between 17 and 28 years and dismissal of a conspiracy charge.

Bob Bashara admitted he tried to hire someone to kill Gentz last June while Gentz was housed in a county jail in Hamatramck. Bashara pleaded to solicitation of murder and was sentenced in December to 80 months to 20 years in prison.

Legal experts and Bashara’s former defense attorney has said they expect Bashara to be charged for his wife’s murder.

Jane Bashara’s body was found Jan. 25, 2012, in her SUV parked in an east-side Detroit alley. Gentz, Bashara’s former handyman, told police he was paid and threatened by Bashara to kill Jane Bashara.

Gentz was previously scheduled to be sentenced late last month but that was pushed back to March 1. He will be sentenced by Judge Vonda Evans.

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Jane Bashara hitman Joseph Gentz to be sentenced next week

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DETROIT — Joseph Gentz, the 49-year-old handyman who claims he was hired by Bob Bashara to kill his boss's wife, is expected to be sentenced next week.

The sentencing has been rescheduled from March 1 and is not set for 9 a.m. Feb. 19 before Circuit Judge Vonda Evans.

Prosecutors are recommending Gentz spend between 17 and 28 years in prison for the strangling of 56-year-old Grosse Pointe Park marketing executive Jane Bashara, a Bay City native whose body police found in the backseat of her Mercedes SUV parked in a Detroit alleyway on Jan. 25, 2012.

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Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:26 pm

Gentz Sentencing Re-Scheduled Again in Jane Bashara Homicide

The sentencing for the man who admitted to strangling Jane Bashara to death has been re-scheduled for a second time -- this time moving the sentencing up to Feb. 19 from a March date.

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Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans changed the sentencing hearing for Joe Gentz from early March to Feb. 19, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Gentz, who pled guilty to second degree murder in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Feb. 19. He was originally scheduled to go before Evans Jan. 29 then that was rescheduled to March 1.

Wayne County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller noted the change in the sentencing date in an email case update Thursday morning.

Gentz remains in custody. He was arrested in the death of Jane Bashara in March. He has consistently told investigators he killed Bashara at the behest of her husband, Bob Bashara, who offered cash to Gentz for the job.

Bob Bashara has not been charged in Jane Bashara's death but is serving a prison sentence related to hiring a hitman to kill Gentz after Gentz was arrested. He was named as a "person of interest" in Jane Bashara's death early in the investigation.

The Basharas were well known in the community and involved in a variety of activities. Jane Bashara's unexpected death was shocking to residents in the Pointes and it drew national media attention for several months following the discovery of her body in Detroit.

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Post by Darkman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:49 pm

Gentz sentencing raises questions about possible Bashara arrest

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Tuesday’s scheduled sentencing of Joe Gentz in Jane Bashara’s murder has heightened the mystery over if and when her husband will be charged in her death.

Gentz, 49, formerly of Macomb County, was set to be sentenced March 1, but the date was moved up last week to Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.

Gentz is expected to be sentenced by Judge Vonda Evans to 17 to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder for Jane Bashara’s strangulation nearly 13 months ago in her Grosse Pointe Park garage, according to a plea bargain.

Gentz in the deal will gain a dismissal of the first-degree murder and conspiracy charges, and agreed to testify truthfully in any proceeding regarding the case.

Bashara, 55, was named as a person of interest as it was revealed he was having an affair and Gentz reportedly told police he killed her at Bashara’s behest. Bashara’s former attorney said multiple times he expected his client to be charged.

But Gentz’s sentencing prior to an arrest raises questions of whether Gentz will testify against Bashara.

Richard Krisciunas of University of Detroit Mercy Law School previously said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy could arrest and try Bashara before Gentz’s sentencing, since by law Gentz can be sentenced up for up to one year from his December plea. That would force Gentz to comply with the deal because he could refuse after the sentencing.

“It could be that they (prosecutors) have decided not to go with him even though they cut a deal for him to testify and they’re trying to do other things and think they can get a bindover (at a preliminary examination) without his testimony,” Krisciunas said. “And then they’ll call him later and see what happens, or try to prosecute without him.”

But he conceded, “It’s all speculation.”

Maria Miller, spokeswoman for Worthy, said Evans moved the date.

“I don’t think you should read anything into that,” she said. “The investigation into the Jane Bashara case is continuing.”

Gentz’s defense attorney, Susan Reed, said the move has no effect on the outcome.

“It’s all set,” she said of the plea deal.

Anthony Dillof, a criminal law professor at University of Detroit Mercy Law School, suggested the prosecution will seek an adjournment, which Reed would likely fight, arguing that her client is ready to make good on his part of the pact.

Prosecutors may argue that they need more time, “and it’s not their fault” for the delays, he said.

“It would be up to the judge,” Dillof said.

Bob Bashara is serving a prison term of 80 months to 20 years after admitting in December he tried to hire someone in June to kill Gentz in a county jail following his arrest in the murder.

Jane Bashara’s body was found Jan. 25, 2012, in her SUV parked in an east-side Detroit alley. Gentz, Bashara’s former handyman, said in court at his plea that Bashara promised to pay and threatened him to kill his wife.

Dillof said that statement could not be used in a trial because the defendant has the Constitutional right to cross-examine him.

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Joe Gentz's mother speaks out before son's sentencing for role in Jane Bashara's murder

Joe Gentz to be sentence for his role in murder of Grosse Pointe Park mother, Jane Bashara

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Published On: Feb 18 2013 06:14:51 PM EST Updated On: Feb 18 2013 06:59:12 PM EST

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Joe Gentz's mother is sending an emotional message to Jane Bashara's mother Lorraine.

Though they have never met, the mothers are connected by tragedy. On Tuesday, Joe Gentz will be sentenced for his role in Jane Bashara's murder.

"You would never think something like that could happen to your family. And that's what Jane's mother is going through, her daughter was taken away through a horrible, horrible incident," said Gentz's mother. "Our prayers are with them, and I have been praying for her and her family."

Gentz's mother is convinced her son was forced to kill Jane and that Jane's husband, Bob Bashara, orchestrated everything.

"Joe would have never just ... why would he want to? He wouldn't have been able to do that," she said. "He had told his brother that he had quit his job and that he was moving to Grosse Pointe and he was going to make a lot of money. This is what (Bob) Bashara told him."

Joe Gentz eventually went to police and told investigators he did kill Jane, but that Bob Bashara made him do it.

"I have to give him a lot of credit for doing that, that he knew he did wrong and that he wanted everyone to know that he was forced into doing this," Gentz's mother said.

Later, Bob Bashara himself was charged with hiring a hit-man to kill Joe Gentz in jail.

Now, as Joe Gentz waits to learn his fate, his family is beginning to deal with a loss of their own, knowing the Joe they once knew is likely gone forever.

"I'll probably never see him again unless I go to prison. He's going to be in the pictures of all your kids at Christmas time and stuff, he's not going to be there," his mother said.

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:12 am

Joe Gentz sentenced 17-28 years in prison for Bashara murder

Family's handyman says sorry, asks for forgiveness

Published On: Feb 18 2013 09:49:03 PM EST Updated On: Feb 19 2013 10:44:39 AM EST



DETROIT - The man who pleaded guilty to killing Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara has been sentenced to 17- 28 years in prison.

Gentz, who was the Bashara family handyman, took a deal and pleaded guilty to second degree murder for his role in Jane Bashara's death.

At his sentencing Tuesday, he said he was "very sorry" for what had happened and asked for forgiveness.

He maintains that Jane's husband, Bob Bashara, promised to pay him for killing his wife.



Wayne County Judge Vonda Evans told Gentz that despite his "limited mental ability," he knew right from wrong and good from bad.

"You had the power of life and death," she said. "Did you ever think, 'This is wrong?' Did you ever think to spare her?"

Jane Bashara's sister, Julie Rowe, spoke before Gentz's sentencing and said the death had completely "devastated" her family.

"Jane was viciously taken from us," Rowe said. "Her children have been robbed."

She also said her family doesn't think the case closes with Gentz's prison sentence.

"Mr. Gentz had no motive to murder our sister Jane. And we believe his statement that he was coerced into murdering her," Rowe said.



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Gentz Gets 17 Years In Murder Of Jane Bashara

February 19, 2013 10:31 AM

DETROIT (WWJ) - Handyman Joseph Gentz has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison in the murder of Grosse Pointe Park mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara.

In a deal with prosecutors, Gentz offered the guilty plea in exchange for his testimony in any upcoming trial related to this case. Gentz was also charged with conspiracy in Jane Bashara’s death, but that charge was dropped as part of the deal.

If Gentz had been convicted of first degree murder as charged he would have spent life in prison. He now faces a maximum of 28 years.

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Bob Bashara continues to deny he played any role in his wife’s death. He’s currently imprisoned.

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Handyman Joe Gentz sentenced to 17-28 years for murder of Jane Bashara

Posted: Feb 19, 2013 6:00 AM CSTUpdated: Feb 19, 2013 9:35 AM CST

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Joe Gentz, the handyman who pleaded guilty to killing a suburban Detroit marketing executive has been sentenced to 17-28 years in prison.

Wayne County Judge Vonda Evans handed down the sentence Tuesday morning.

"It is on my unfortunate obligation to sentence you to the sentencing agreement that in my eyes does not comport to that damage you've done," said Evans.

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"Our prayers are with Jane's family and her kids. I just can't imagine," said Gentz's sister Kim Dwojakowski.

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:26 am

Joseph Gentz sentenced to 17-28 years in murder of Jane Bashara

10:49 AM, February 19, 2013

Gentz told the court: "I am very, very sorry for what happened."

Evans, though, indicated she would have liked to sentence Gentz to serve more time in prison, but she followed the sentencing agreement reached between prosecutors and Gentz's attorney, Susan Reed.

She said Gentz "knew right from wrong and good from bad."

"The request was made and you wanted to obey the request of your master," Evans said.

Evans told Gentz he wanted to feel empowered and needed by "a person who used you to achieve his goal: freedom from his marriage."

She said Jane Bashara did not serve to die.

"As she pleaded and begged and struggled for her life, did you ever think that this was wrong?" Evans said. "As she fought for her life, did you ever think to spare her from death. No."

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February 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

Ex-handyman Gentz sentenced to 17-28 years in Bashara murder

By Serena Maria Daniels, The Detroit News



Julie Engelbrecht Rowe, Jane Bashara's sister. (David Coates/The Detroit News)


"You knew right from wrong and good from bad," Evans said.

The judge called Gentz's involvement cowardly and repeatedly reminded the defendant, who stood in front of her with his head bowed and in a tan suit, that he had ample time to consider "the orders of his master."

"After days of consideration, you decided to obey the orders of your master," Evans said.

Evans further scolded Gentz for what she called a "senseless crime" and blamed him for allowing himself to be manipulated as an "obedient servant."

"I'm very, very sorry for what happened. I'm asking for the family's forgiveness," Gentz told the courtroom ahead of his sentencing.

Before Evans made her ruling, Jane Bashara's sister, Julie Engelbrecht Rowe, read from a written statement on the impact her sister's murder had on the family.

"My sister Jane was one of the most decent people I have ever known," Rowe said. "At times, it's still unbelievable that she was brutally murdered."

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Joseph Gentz sentenced to 17-28 years for murder of Jane Bashara

Posted: Tuesday, 02/19/13 10:46 am
Updated: Tuesday, 02/19/13 10:52 am

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Gentz said that he was “very sorry” for his actions.

Bashara’s sister, Julie Rowe said that the murder has “devastated” the family.

Judge Vonda Evans called the plea deal generous and Gentz’s actions cowardly.

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:54 am

Joseph Gentz gets to 17-28 years in prison in strangling death of Jane Bashara

"Our family feels very strongly that this is not over with the sentencing of Mr. Gentz," said Jane Bashara's sister Julie Rowe said in an emotional statement during the hearing. "Our healing will begin when the whole truth is known and all who were involved are held responsible."

Rowe said her family is still in shock over the slaying.

"It is still unbelievable to me that she was so needlessly and brutally murdered," she said. "We... have been completely blindsided by this loss...

"None of this (sic. us) will live the life we were meant to live because Jane was taken from us."

Gentz, his head held down, nearly pressing his chin to his chest, quietly asked the family's forgiveness.

"I am very, very sorry for what happened. I ask the family for forgiveness," Gentz said.

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February 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Judge says ex-handyman followed 'orders of his master' in Bashara murder

By Serena Maria Daniels, The Detroit News

Detroit — A Wayne County Circuit Court judge called a handyman who has admitted to strangling Jane Bashara an "obedient servant" in the brutal killing of the Grosse Pointe Park marketing executive.

On Tuesday, Joseph Gentz, 49, of St. Clair Shores, was sentenced to 17 to 28 years in a state prison by Judge Vonda R. Evans for second-degree murder in Jane Bashara's January 2012 death. Gentz entered a plea deal last year and had said her husband, Robert Bashara, paid him to kill her.

"All you wanted to do is feel empowered and needed by a person who used you to achieve his goals: freedom from his marriage," Evans said.

Evans said although Gentz's sentencing didn't conform with the crime of second-degree murder, she felt she had no choice but to agree to the prison term as part of the plea agreement.

"You knew right from wrong and good from bad," Evans said.

The judge called Gentz's involvement cowardly and repeatedly reminded the defendant dressed in a tan suit, who stood in front of her with his head bowed, that he had ample time to consider "the orders of his master."

"After days of consideration, you decided to obey the orders of your master," Evans said.

Evans further scolded Gentz, who has a long history of mental problems, for what she called a "senseless crime" and blamed him for allowing himself to be manipulated. "I'm very, very sorry for what happened. I'm asking for the family's forgiveness," Gentz told the courtroom ahead of his sentencing.

Before Evans made her ruling, Jane Bashara's sister, Julie Engelbrecht Rowe, read from a statement on the impact her sister's murder had on the family.

"My sister Jane was one of the most decent people I have ever known," Rowe said. "At times, it's still unbelievable that she was brutally murdered."

Robert Bashara has never been charged in connection with his wife's death. Instead, he was sentenced to 6 to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to hire a hit man to kill Gentz while in jail.

Gentz's attorney, Susan Reed, added Tuesday that her client is "interested in getting the whole truth out."

Gentz said he strangled the 56-year-old marketing executive in her Grosse Pointe Park garage the night of Jan. 24. Gentz then loaded her body into her Mercedes SUV and dropped the vehicle off in an alley on Detroit's east side, where it was found the next morning by a tow truck driver.

Shortly after the slaying, Gentz walked into the Grosse Pointe Park police station to confess to the murder.

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UNCUT: Joe Gentz sentenced 17-28 years in prison for Bashara murder

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:40 pm

Jane Bashara’s sister: Family cannot start to heal yet

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Jane Bashara’s sister said at Tuesday’s sentencing of Joseph Gentz that her family cannot begin to heal from her murder until others who were involved are brought to justice.

“Our family feels very strongly that this is not over with the sentencing of Mr. Gentz,” Julie Englebrecht Rowe said in a Wayne County Circuit Court courtroom in Detroit. “Mr. Gentz had no motive to murder our sister Jane, and we believe his statement that he was coerced into murdering her. Mr Gentz should be held accountable for his actions, which he knew were wrong.

“Our healing will begin when the whole truth is known and all who were involved are held accountable.”

Englebrecht Rowe commented moments before Gentz was sentenced to 17 to 28 years in prison by Judge Vonda Evans for the January 2012 strangling death of 56-year-old Jane Bashara in her Grosse Pointe Park garage. The Mount Clemens native’s body was found Jan. 25, 20-12, in her luxuxy SUV parked in an east-side Detroit alley. Gentz, 49, formerly of St. Clair Shores, was originally charged with first-degree murder and murder conspiracy but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder in a plea deal with Wayne prosecutors.

Jane Bashara’s husband, Bob, was named a person of interest in the case but never charged. Wayne County prosecutors have indicated the investigation is ongoing.

Gentz at his plea hearing told Judge Vonda Evans that Bob Bashara promised to pay him and threatened him to kill Jane Bashara, and has agreed to testify in any future court proceeding.

Bob Bashara, 55, tried to have Gentz killed in June while Gentz was housed in a jail facility and was sentenced in December to 80 months to 20 years in prison for solicitation of murder.

On Tuesday, Gentz apologized and asked for forgiveness in a brief statement.

“I am very, very sorry for what happened,” Gentz said. “I’m asking for the family’s forgiveness,”

Evans, during a several-minute statement, lectured Gentz and inferred his deal was too lenient, as Gentz kept his head bowed while standing next to his attorney, Susan Reed.

“It is my unfortunate obligation to sentence you to the sentencing agreement, that, in my eyes, does not comport to the damage you’ve done,” Evans told Gentz.

Gentz worked as a handyman for Bashara, who owned several properties, and has been as a slow learner or mentally disabled.

Evans said despite Gentz’s “limited mental abilities,” he should have known right from wrong but acted out of a cowardly feeling of power and control gained from Bob Bashara’s manipulations. She said Gentz followed “the orders of his master.” Bashara has been linked to operating a dungeonlike domination room in a Grosse Pointe bar basement and was referred to as “master Bob.”

“Your life experiences were only of being controlled and directed,” Evans said to Gentz. “Now your master needed your help. How empowering that must have felt to you. After much persuasion and thought on your behalf you decided to be an obedient servant and carry out the cowardly task of taking the life of a woman who did not deserve to die.

“All you wanted to do was to feel the power and to be needed by the person who used you to achieve his goal, freedom from his marriage.”

“As she pleaded and begged and struggled for her life, did you ever think that this was wrong? As she fought for her life, did you ever think to spare her from death? No. The destruction of power and control consumed you like most cowardly individuals. When her body fell lifeless, you put her in a car and drove her to Detroit. Who would know and who would care about another homicide in a city plagued by violence?”

Evans also addressed Englebrecht Rowe, who was seated in the gallery, encouraging her to try to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative. Englebrecht Rowe nodded to Evans.

“You’ve got to ask yourself, did your sister stand for something?” Evans said. “And if she did, you have to continue that legacy. Instead of being haunted by how she died, be empowered by how she lived. … If you allow this anger and bitterness, it will destroy you, it will destroy the ones that you love. The question has to be, haven’t you lost enough?”

Englebrecht Rowe said she and her family miss Jane Bashara, whom she called a community, church and family leader.

“My sister, Jane, was the most decent, honest people I have ever known. She was my mentor, my confidante, my adviser, my best friend. She had a long life ahead of her. She had a lot she wanted and needed to accomplish.

“Her senseless murder has left an open wound in our family that will never truly heal. Every holiday, every vacation, every birthday, every family reunion, every change of season, every sunny day, every single day of our lives we will be haunted how Jane was taken from this world.

“We will never get over this but we will learn to go on.”

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:18 pm

Forensics tests: Bob Bashara's DNA possibly linked to crime scene

Posted: 02/19/2013
Last Updated: 3 hours and 6 minutes ago

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GROSSE POINTE PARK (WXYZ) - Could forensics test results obtained exclusively by 7 Action News link Bob Bashara to his wife’s murder?

Ann Chamberlain, a former Michigan State Police forensic scientist, examined the report. She says a blood sample taken from the garage at Jane and Bob’s Grosse Pointe Park home, where it is believed Jane was killed, show both of their DNA.

“If the victim is bleeding from this incident and there's a combination of DNA from the victim and Bob that would indicate that had some contact during the period of time when she is bleeding,” said Chamberlain.

Chamberlain says it’s also possible the mixed DNA sample is from a previous incident, but that it could show a history of violence depending on the age of the sample.

The report, according to Chamberlain, also suggests that Jane’s DNA was found on the bottom of handyman Joe Gentz’s boot. Gentz has previously told others Bob forced him to kill Jane by strangling her, eventually placing his boot on her neck.

Action News reached out to Bob Bashara’s attorney, Mark Kriger, but he declined to comment on the results.

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:47 pm

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February 19, 2013
Gentz gets 17-28 years for murdering Jane Bashara

By K. Michelle Moran, C & G Staff Writer

Joseph Gentz — the former Grosse Pointe Park handyman who told police he murdered Park mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara at her husband’s behest — will spend the next 17-28 years behind bars in a Michigan state prison.

Gentz — who agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder during a special pre-trial hearing Dec. 21 — learned his fate during a sentencing hearing Feb. 19 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans.

Gentz will get 333 days credited toward his sentence, because he has been behind bars for nearly the past year. Evans said he has 42 days to appeal her decision.

Gentz, appearing in court in a suit and tie with his attorney at his side, again apologized for murdering Jane Bashara.

“I am very sorry for what happened,” he said. “I am asking the family for forgiveness, (and) asking my family to forgive me for what I’ve done and the pain I’ve caused.”

Although Evans acknowledged Gentz’s low IQ, she sharply chastised him for committing the murder, saying he accepted the “cowardly task of taking the life of a woman who did not deserve (this).”

“This case is about power and control,” Evans told Gentz. “You knew right from wrong and good from bad.”

Jane Bashara’s sister, Julie Rowe, shared an emotional impact statement with the court in which she explained how this crime has had a profound impact on her family, leaving her sister’s children without a mother, leaving godchildren, nieces and nephews without a beloved mentor and leaving the Engelbrecht family without its leader.

“This has completely devastated our family,” she said.

“Her senseless murder has left an open wound that will never truly heal,” Rowe continued. “Every single day … we will be haunted (by this loss). We will never get over this.”

Rowe recalled her sister as a much-loved member of the community and someone who gave so much of herself to others.

“My sister Jane was one of the most decent and honest people I’ve ever known,” she said.

Acknowledging the family’s grief, Evans urged Jane Bashara’s loved ones to find comfort by carrying on the good work she performed during her brief life.

“You have to continue that legacy,” Evans said. “Instead of being haunted by how she died, be empowered by how she lived.”

Last January, Gentz went to the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department to tell police that on Jan. 24, 2012, he strangled Jane Bashara, 56, inside her garage. He told police that the murder was ordered by her husband, Robert Bashara, who Gentz has said offered him money and an old car and also threatened Gentz if he didn’t go forward with the murder. Robert Bashara has maintained that he played no part in his wife’s slaying, but he did plead guilty last fall to solicitation of murder for trying to have Gentz killed while he was being held in the William Dickerson facility in Hamtramck. For that crime, Bashara was sentenced Dec. 10 to six to 20 years in a state prison. At press time, Robert Bashara, 55, was incarcerated at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.

Gentz’s attorney, Susan Reed, said that besides regretting his role in the murder, her client regrets the separation from his young daughter caused by his incarceration.

“I believe he will miss her,” Reed said.

Despite the plea deal, Reed said she didn’t feel the sentence her client received was “generous at all,” considering that the 49-year-old Gentz will spend at least the next 17 years behind bars, meaning he wouldn’t be out until he is at least in his mid-60s.

As to whether Robert Bashara might be facing charges in the near future in connection with his wife’s murder, Reed said she’s not the prosecutor and it’s up to the prosecutors to make that decision. She wouldn’t be surprised by such charges, however.

“Obviously, everyone believes that there was someone else involved in this,” Reed said in the hall outside of Evans’ courtroom.

When asked if Gentz would testify against Robert Bashara in such a proceeding, Reed said he has to abide by the court agreement for special consideration, which included the possibility of such testimony.

“I think he’s willing to do whatever’s necessary to see that everything comes to light. … He wants to see the whole truth come out,” she said.

Jane Bashara’s family also believes more charges are needed in the brutal murder.

“Our family feels very strongly that this is not over with the sentencing of Mr. Gentz,” Rowe said in court. “Our healing will begin when the whole truth is known.”

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Joseph Gentz — the former Grosse Pointe Park handyman who told police he murdered Park mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara at her husband’s behest — will spend the next 17-28 years behind bars in a Michigan state prison.

Gentz — who agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder during a special pre-trial hearing Dec. 21 — learned his fate during a sentencing hearing Feb. 19 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans.

Gentz will get 333 days credited toward his sentence, because he has been behind bars for nearly the past year. Evans said he has 42 days to appeal her decision.
Assuming Gentz won't die in prison, he probably will end up doing minimum term, which is 17 years.

Considering that he was given 333 day credit towards his sentence (or maybe even 29 more days ... as Read was indicating to the judge ... something about 29 more days .. at the very end of proceedings, right before they cut out the video feed) ... that would approx. knock off a whole year from his sentence...

So if Gentz wll end up doing the "minimum" ... - it means he has 16 more years to go until he could get released...
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Post by Darkman on Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:01 am

Defenders: Joe Gentz secret tapes

Local 4 Defenders reveal new twist in Jane Bashara murder investigation

Published On: Mar 12 2013 10:49:29 PM EDT

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It's a story that grabbed the attention of people across the country: the Grosse Pointe Park couple, the mistress and the murder plot.

The Local 4 Defenders now reveal a new twist in the Jane Bashara murder investigation. It comes in the form of secret recordings which capture handyman Joe Gentz revealing the alleged sinister plot.

Gentz soon will be transferred from a processing center to a state prison where he likely will spend at least 17 years behind bars.

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Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:27 pm

Worthy: Wayne County budget woes slowing down Bashara case
6:06 PM, March 27, 2013

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Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 talked to the Wayne County commissioners at their offices in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit. / Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told county commissioners Tuesday that budget woes are affecting her office’s ability to handle its growing workload and slowing down high-profile cases like the death of Jane Bashara.

“In any other office we would have been done probably already,” Worthy said of the Bashara case, adding that her office has had to pull resources away from the case to handle other matters.

Former handyman Joseph Gentz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for Bashara’s death. Her husband, Bob Bashara, maintains his innocence but was named a person of interest by police and is serving time for trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz in jail.

Worthy told the committee on public safety that her office has already made changes to operate more efficiently, but her general fund budget—$25.6-million this year— doesn’t allow for enough people to get all the work done in a timely way.

That budget is down from $31.7 million the previous fiscal year and roughly $8.5 million less than she was promised in a memo of understanding three years ago.

County Executive Robert Ficano has said the county lost about $100 million in property tax revenue since 2009 and the budget for the Prosecutor’s Office is a matter of numbers.

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Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:35 pm

Defenders: Joe Gentz's bad behavior in prison could hurt case against Bob Bashara

Man in prison for Jane Bashara's murder cited for altercation with guard; investigators fear bad behavior could hurt case against Jane's husband

Author: Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter

Published On: Apr 03 2013 05:13:44 PM EDT Updated On: Apr 03 2013 06:05:28 PM EDT

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Joe Gentz has a new home at the Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven.

Gentz, who was the Bashara family handyman, took a deal and pleaded guilty to second degree murder for his role in Jane Bashara's death. He recently was moved to the Level 4 security prison March 28. He is being kept in his own cell for his protection.

It's not far from his family and friends who, as of now, are allowed to visit Gentz on specific days. However, that soon could change if the former handyman causes any more issues behind bars.

The Local 4 Defenders have learned that on March 12 Gentz, who at that time was being held at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, had an altercation with a prison guard.

The incident was written up and disciplinary action was taken. It was the first time Gentz has received a behavioral violation while he has been locked up. If he is written up again his security level could change. His opportunity to have visitors could be taken away.



This could also call into question his credibility as a potential witness against Bob Bashara, Jane's husband.

The Defenders are told from insiders that Gentz is extremely agitated in prison and has been having behavioral issues. They say if this continues Gentz may not be able to further help investigators as they work to tie up the case against Bob Bashara.

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Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:09 pm

Bashara's Grosse Pointe Park home now up for sale

Investigators believe Jane Bashara was killed at Grosse Pointe Park home on Middlesex Road

Author: Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter

Published On: Apr 03 2013 11:05:41 PM EDT



GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. -
The Bashara home in Grosse Pointe Park is where investigators believe Jane Bashara was killed.

It's where her husband Bob Bashara later confessed his innocence and where he talked with Dateline NBC about his wife's murder. The home now is up for sale.

Photos from Realtor.com take you inside the 2,800 square-foot house on Middlesex Road. It features four bedrooms, four baths and an incredibly sad story of a family's tragedy. It's a story that must be revealed to any potential buyers.

Local 4 is told the home is in a trust and any money from the sale would likely go to the Bashara children.

Selling a home that made headlines for a murder mystery is difficult but not impossible. For instance, the Washington Township home where Stephen Grant murdered his wife Tara was sold after he was convicted. A family bought that home well under its asking price.

The Bashara home is available for showings but all potential buyers must be screened and prequalified.

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Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:14 pm

For Sale: Bashara Home In Grosse Pointe Park. Asking: $415,000

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Post by NiteSpinR on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:26 pm

Are you under the impression that's exactly why Gentz is causing problems?

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Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:40 pm

Bashara Grosse Pointe Park home up for sale

12:14 AM, April 4, 2013

By Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press Staff

The former Grosse Pointe Park home of Bob and Jane Bashara is up for sale.


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Post by NiteSpinR on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:55 pm

Lovely Colonial on one of Grosse Pointe Park's nicest streets. walk to schools , river, park. 5th bedroom is a walk-through over garage. Kitchen remodel (2006) added space and light! 3 full bathrooms. Florida room not in s.f. nor is new kitchen size. Finished basement with lav and wine cellar, small kitchen cooking area. Large MASTER BATH with huge step-up jacuzzi. Formal Dining room, extra roomy den.Viking stove BATVAI

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Normal Doesn't look like the kids will get a penny. This house is in foreclosure and being sold by the bank.

Post by Nama on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:06 am

Local 4 is told the home is in a trust and any money from the sale would likely go to the Bashara children.
MAR 12 2013 Listed by bank $415,000
This property was foreclosed and now the lender is selling it for $415,000.

Zillow's Foreclosure Estimate predicts this property will sell for $295,594.

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Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:14 am

Bashara's Grosse Pointe Park home now up for sale

Investigators believe Jane Bashara was killed at Grosse Pointe Park home on Middlesex Road

Published On: Apr 03 2013 11:19:37 PM EDT Updated On: Apr 04 2013 12:20:06 AM EDT

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The Bashara home in Grosse Pointe Park is where investigators believe Jane Bashara was killed.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:18 am

They're asking twice whats it's worth?
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But I could handle a wine cellar!


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Normal Bob Bashara, Mich. man accused of hiring handyman to kill wife, charged with first-degree murder

Post by raine1953 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:41 pm

(CBS/AP) DETROIT - A Michigan man who admitted to arranging the killing of a handyman charged with his wife's slaying was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday.

Authorities said 56-year-old Jane Bashara, a marketing executive, was strangled to death at her Grosse Pointe Park home in January 2012. Her body was found in her Mercedes-Benz, miles from home in a Detroit neighborhood

A handyman, Joseph Gentz, is serving a 17-year prison sentence after admitting he killed Bashara. But he said he acted on the threats and orders of her husband, 55-year-old Robert Bashara.

"Bob Bashara offered me money to kill his wife," Gentz told a judge in December 2012 when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. "He threatened he would kill me if I didn't kill his wife."

Bashara was charged with murder, conspiracy and other charges. He is in prison in northern Michigan, serving a minimum sentence of 6.5 years for trying to have Gentz killed in the county jail last year.

Bashara quickly was identified by police as a person of interest, although he repeatedly denied any role in his wife's death. He attended a candlelight vigil in honor of Jane Bashara and told reporters last year that the killing was an "unconceivable tragedy."

"I am confident this concludes our investigation," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in announcing the charges.
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Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:36 am

Wayne County Prosecutor charges Bob Bashara with First Degree Murder in wife's death

Posted: 04/16/2013
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DETROIT (WXYZ) - Former Grosse Pointe businessman and Rotary Club president Bob Bashara is now facing murder charges in the death of his wife Jane.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, flanked by other law enforcement officials, made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

Bashara was charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, suborning of perjury during a capital trial, witness intimidation and Obstruction of justice.

It was one year and three months ago that Jane Bashara’s body was found inside her SUV in an alley on Detroit's east side.

So what’s taken so long?

Worthy says it’s a complicated case that stretched across several states and included three hundred witnesses and five thousand documents.

"We are living in a TV kind of era when you thing everything is wrapped up in 44 minutes. And that's just not the way it happens," Worthy said.

The prosecutor also revealed that Bashara himself delayed their investigation and that resulted in some of the charges.

"We are alleging that he encouraged witnesses to call in false tips. We are alleging that he tried to get a witness or witnesses to leave the state so they could not be talked to. And we are alleging that he was, again, encouraging witnesses to lie to us during the pendency of this investigation," Worthy told reporters.

A source close to the case tells the 7 Action News Investigators Bashara's former mistress, Rachael Gillett was the witness he allegedly pressured to move out of state and the witness intimidation charge involves her and handyman Joe Gentz.

Gentz admitted to killing Jane Bashara under Bob Bashara’s direction and is serving seventeen to twenty eight years in prison, with an agreement to testify against Bashara.

Some legal observers say Gentz credibility will be a problem because he has a low I-Q and gave different accounts of what happened to police.

Worthy says she doesn't consider Gentz a star witness.

"He's a strong witness for us. He's a credible witness we think for us but certainly all of the witnesses in the case make up the case together," said Worthy.

Worthy refuses to talk about any details of their case and the court file has been sealed making it off limits to reporters.

Bashara is expected to be brought to Detroit next week for arraignment. Bob Bashara is currently serving a prison sentence for trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz.

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Post by Darkman on Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:17 pm

lindamarie wrote:Thanks darkman. Are you pleased he was finally charged?
Yes. I am! :)
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