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Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:27 am

December 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

Metro briefs

Bashara's alleged target due in court: Robert Bashara is now inmate No. 856261 — and the man he's accused of trying to kill is due in court today. Bashara spent his 55th birthday in Jackson prison on Tuesday, one day after being sentenced to 6-20 years for seeking a hit man to kill Gentz, his former handyman.

Gentz is set to be in Wayne County Circuit Court for a final conference on charges he killed Jane Bashara, 56, on Jan. 24. He told police Bashara hired him for less than $2,000 to kill her. State prison officials said they don't believe Bashara will be held in isolation.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:47 am

Hmmmm ... Another Murder in GP Rolling Eyes

Grosse Pointe Woods resident murdered, police believe

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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 6:06 AM CST | Updated: Nov 28, 2012 4:43 PM CST

By Amy Lange
Fox 2 News

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. (WJBK) -- 54-year-old Don DeWulf, a well-liked Grosse Pointe Woods man, was found dead this week inside his home. Police are investigating his death as a murder. No suspect is in custody.

DeWulf's brother, Mike, told us he stopped by the house on Hampton Monday morning and found Don dead on the bathroom floor. There was blood. He thought maybe his sibling had a heart attack, fell and hit his head. Then investigators discovered a bullet in Don's head that may have suggested suicide, but there was no gun. It has been ruled a homicide.

The victim's brother said earlier reports that Don was found hanging by an electrical cord in the bathroom are not true.

Don DeWulf's brother said he was the class clown. He sold life insurance and was very trusting. He always carried cash and it is feared someone may have targeted him because of that.

Anyone with information is asked contact police.

DeWulf's funeral will be held Thursday morning at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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Source: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/20203331/deaath-of-grosse-pointe-woods-man-classified-as-homicide

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http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/METRO01/211290370

http://www.freep.com/article/20121129/NEWS02/311290158/Family-wants-answers-in-death-of-Grosse-Pointe-Woods-man

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/news/Grosse-Pointe-Woods-man-s-death-ruled-homicide-still-mystery/-/4714498/17583772/-/format/rss_2.0/-/xhe2o6/-/index.html

"Neighbors reported seeing DeWulf's girlfriend at the house earlier in the same day. However, police will not confirm those claims."
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:06 am

Handyman faces pretrial hearing in alleged Bashara murder-for-hire plot

7:08 AM, December 14, 2012

A handyman, who told police he killed a Grosse Pointe Park mother at her husband’s behest, is scheduled to be back in Wayne County Circuit Court this morning for a pretrial hearing.

Joseph Gentz, 48, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Jane Bashara, who he told investigators he killed in January at the direction of her husband, Bob Bashara.

Jane Bashara was found strangled in her SUV on Detroit’s east side.

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Gentz’s attorney, Susan Reed, said her client would be willing to testify against Bashara if he is charged.

On Monday, Reed said Gentz has not settled a plea agreement.

“We’re still reviewing all the options,” she told the Free Press.

In a sentencing memorandum in the solicitation of murder case against Bashara, Wayne County prosecutors said Bashara was trying to silence Gentz.

“The evidence clearly shows that defendant Bashara was hell-bent on thwarting the investigation into his role in the cold-blooded murder of his wife, Jane Bashara,” the court document says. “Defendant’s ultimate goal was to silence Joseph Gentz in an effort not to avenge the murder of his wife, but to prevent Gentz from any future testimony against defendant Bashara.”

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Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20121214/NEWS05/121214011/Handyman-faces-pretrial-hearing-in-alleged-Bashara-murder-for-hire-plot
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:46 pm

Pretrial hearing for Joseph Gentz in Bashara case postponed

11:58 AM, December 14, 2012

By Megha Satyanarayana and Gina Damron
Detroit Free Press Staff Writers

A pretrial hearing for Joseph Gentz, accused of killing Grosse Pointe Park business woman Jane Bashara, was postponed until Dec. 21 by Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda R. Evans on Friday.

Gentz, 48, faces first-degree murder and conspiracy charges in the death of Bashara, who Gentz said he killed in January under the direction of her husband, Bob Bashara.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:02 pm

Joe Gentz court hearing delayed one week for ‘special’ pretrial

By Jameson Cook
jamie.cook@macombdaily.com; @jamesoncook

Posted: 12/14/12 01:08 pm


Macomb Daily staff photo by David N. Posavetz / Joe Gentz appears with his attorney, Susan Reed, on Friday in front of Judge Vonda Evans in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.

A judge adjourned a pretrial for Joe Gentz this morning and scheduled a “special pretrial” for next Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.

Gentz, 48, a former Macomb County resident, is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy for last January’s death of Jane Bashara, 56, in her Grosse Pointe Park garage. Her body was found Jan. 24 in her SUV parking in an east-side Detroit alley.

Gentz appeared in court dressed in a reddish jail outfit.

Judge Vonda Evans announced the adjournment after meeting with assistant Wayne County prosecutors Robert Moran and Lisa Lindsey and defense attorney Susan Reed in a sidebar discussion for about five minutes.

Attorneys did not indicate why the judge called the hearing “special,” although one attorney said pretrials are often called special.

Reed has previously indicated that she hoped to negotiate a potential plea deal in the case with prosecutors...

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Read more: http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20121214/NEWS01/121219729/joe-gentz-court-hearing-delayed-one-week-for-special-pretrial#full_story
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:13 pm

Joe Gentz in court, pretrial hearing moves to Dec. 21th

Judge reschedules pretrial hearing for man who confessed to killing Jane Bashara

Published On: Dec 14 2012 11:32:00 AM EST Updated On: Dec 14 2012 11:37:34 AM EST

DETROIT - The man who confessed to police he was hired to kill Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara was in court on Friday for a pretrial hearing.

In a short court session, Judge Vonda Evans rescheduled the pretrial until Friday, December 21th at 9 a.m.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:40 pm

December 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Bashara to begin prison sentence in isolation

By George Hunter
The Detroit News

Robert Bashara will begin his prison sentence isolated from other inmates, corrections officials said Friday.

Bashara pleaded guilty to solicitation for murder and was sentenced last week to 6 to 20 years in prison after trying to hire a hit man to kill Joseph Gentz, the man accused of murdering his wife.

Gentz, who is charged with the Jan. 24 murder of Jane Bashara, appeared in Wayne Circuit Court Friday for a pre-trial conference that lasted less than a minute, in which it was determined Gentz would return to court Dec. 21 for a "special pretrial hearing," Judge Vonda Evans said.

The delay came as Robert Bashara, spent his 55th birthday in the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson on Tuesday after being sentenced a day earlier by Wayne Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow.

Bashara pleaded guilty to the solicitation of murder charge, saying during his sentencing Monday he was "ashamed" and "regretful" for hatching the plot.

High-profile prisoners often are kept away from other inmates — which will happen with Bashara, at least for the first leg of his sentence, said Russ Marlan, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

"We will be placing Bashara in protective custody to begin his prison sentence," Marlan said in an email Friday...

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Bashara's earliest release date is Feb. 24, 2019, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:45 am

Bashara: book worthy?

December 18, 2012

Charlie talks with author Steve Miller. Miller followed a penned a book on the Tara Grant case. He tells Charlie what makes the Bashara case so compelling.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:00 am

Detroit
December 17, 2012

Gentz to face ‘special pretrial’ hearing Dec. 21

By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Staff Writer

Defendant Joseph Gentz will face at least one more court appearance before his jury trial gets under way in January on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the January 2012 slaying of Jane Bashara.

During what had been billed as a final calendar conference in the case Dec. 14 in 3rd Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans’ courtroom, Wayne County prosecuting attorneys Robert Moran and Lisa Lindsey and defense attorney Susan Reed met briefly with the judge in her chambers before agreeing to hold a “special pretrial” hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 in Evans’ courtroom.

“I look forward to doing that,” Evans told the attorneys with regard to the special hearing.

Exactly what the special pretrial hearing means wasn’t clear at press time, although some have speculated Gentz could be agreeing to a plea deal — something Reed had said previously she had been trying to obtain for her client. Officially, it’s been labeled a special pretrial conference because a pretrial conference was already held.

After the calendar conference, Reed slipped out of the court building without speaking to reporters, and the prosecutors weren’t commenting on the case.

Gentz reportedly told police that he killed Jane Bashara in her garage Jan. 24 at the behest of her husband, Robert Bashara. Gentz is currently being held in the William Dickerson facility in Hamtramck, where he’s being kept in isolation for his safety.

Bashara, who has denied playing a role in his wife’s death and has not been charged in connection with her killing, pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder for trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz in jail. For that offense, Bashara was sentenced to 6-20 years in a state prison Dec. 10 by 3rd Circuit Court Judge Bruce U. Morrow. He spent his 55th birthday Dec. 12 at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections website, Bashara will remain incarcerated until at least Feb. 24, 2019. If he serves his full sentence, he won’t be out of prison until June 24, 2032.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at kmoran@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1047.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:38 am

Man who said he killed Grosse Pointe Park woman may avoid trial with plea deal

Joe Gentz, who told investigators he killed Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara at her home, may avoid trial with plea deal

Published On: Dec 20 2012 10:59:06 PM EST Updated On: Dec 20 2012 11:19:42 PM EST

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DETROIT - The man who told police investigators he killed a Grosse Pointe Park woman may avoid trial with a plea deal.

Sources tell Local 4 Joe Gentz, who was a handyman for Jane Bashara's husband Bob Bashara, may have a deal in place which could be announced Friday in court. Gentz is expected in court Friday morning for his pretrial hearing.

Those close to the case say attorneys representing Gentz have been in negotiations with prosecutors and both sides have been working to make this deal happen before the end of the year.

What would the plea deal look like? It may be 2nd degree murder and a minimum of 20 years in prison for Gentz.

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Sources say once the Gentz deal is done Bob Bashara himself may be next to face charges for his wife's murder. From day one investigators have felt Bob Bashara was involved in plotting his wife's death.

Read more at the Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Man-who-said-he-killed-Grosse-Pointe-Park-woman-may-avoid-trial-with-plea-deal/-/1719314/17859234/-/nbunjgz/-/index.html
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:32 am

Handyman Joseph Gentz headed to court today in Jane Bashara slaying

December 21, 2012

By Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press Staff


... Gentz's attorney, Susan Reed, has previously said her client would be willing to testify if charges are filed against Bashara in the killing. She could not be reached for comment Thursday ...

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20121221/NEWS02/121220093/Handyman-Joseph-Gentz-headed-court-today-Jane-Bashara-slaying
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:43 am

Joe Gentz takes plea deal; Guilty in murder of Grosse Pointe Park mom Jane Bashara

Posted: 10:30 AM
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• By: WXYZ.com Web Staff

DETROIT (WXYZ) - In a plea deal announced Friday morning in the courtroom of Judge Vonda Evans, handyman Joe Gentz pleaded guilty to the murder of Jane Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park.

“Bob Bashara promised me money and threatened to kill me,” said Joe Gentz as he read from a document Friday.

Gentz entered a guilty plea to a charge of second degree murder.

Gentz’s deal means he will go to jail for between 17 but no more than 28 years.

His plea means he gave up his right to a jury trial.

Sentencing will take place on January 29, 2013 (Tuesday)

Source: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/joe-gentz-takes-plea-deal-guilty-in-murder-of-grosse-pointe-park-mom-jane-bashara
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:47 am

Handyman Joseph Gentz pleads guilty to second-degree murder in Bashara slaying

10:20 AM, December 21, 2012

Handyman Joseph Gentz has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a 17- to 28-year sentence.

In exchange, he agrees to cooperate with prosecutors, testifying he killed Jane Bashara because he was paid and threatened by her husband, Bob Bashara. His official sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2013.

"I killed Jane Bashara because Bob Bashara offered me money and threatened me," Gentz read to the judge from a statement. He also told the judge that he gave another statement to investigators on Thursday about the killing.

"You're pleading guilty to murder in the second-degree; do you understand that?" Evans asked him.

"Yes, ma'am," replied Gentz, wearing the tan suit he's worn to most court appearances. Judge Vonda Evans is also handling today the sentencing of four men convicted of kidnapping and murdering Hamtramck best friends Ashley Conaway and Abreeya Brown.

Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20121221/NEWS05/121221020/Handyman-killed-because-Bashara-offered-me-money-threatened-me-
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:08 pm

Joe Gentz, pleads guilty to Jane Bashara murder

Gentz takes plea of 2nd degree murder for killing of Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara

Published On: Dec 14 2012 11:32:00 AM EST Updated On: Dec 21 2012 10:32:58 AM EST



DETROIT - The man who confessed to police he was hired to kill Grosse Pointe Park mother was in court Friday.

He pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder for the killing of Jane Bashara.

Judge Voland Evens told Gentz he could face life in prison with his plea.

But, she said she would likely sentence him to no less than 17 years and a maximum of 28 years in prison.


The official sentencing for Gentz will be on January 29th.

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Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:20 pm

December 21, 2012 at 10:45 am

Handyman pleads guilty to second-degree murder in Jane Bashara killing

By Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News


Detroit — Former handyman Joseph Gentz pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder charges in the strangulation death of Grosse Pointe Park marketing executive Jane Bashara.

Gentz entered the plea during a special pretrial hearing before Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda R. Evans.

Evans told Gentz he'll face 17 to 28 years in prison, under the plea agreement. He'll be sentenced Jan. 29.

"Bob Bashara offered me money to kill his wife," Gentz told Evans. "He threatened he would kill me if I didn't kill his wife."

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:28 pm

Joe Gentz Pleads Guilty In Murder Of Jane Bashara

December 21, 2012 11:09 AM

DETROIT (WWJ) – Handyman Joseph Gentz had pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Grosse Pointe mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara.

Gentz will be sentenced January 29 to a minimum of 17 years and a maximum of 28 years in prison.

In a statement read by his attorney in court Friday, Gentz said the victim’s husband, Bob Bashara, said he must kill Jane Bashara or Gentz himself would be harmed. Gentz said he felt threatened enough to carry out the crime.

In a deal with prosecutors, Gentz said he’d offered the guilty plea in exchange for his testimony in any upcoming trial related to this case. If Gentz had been convicted of first degree murder as charged he would have spent life in prison.

Read more: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/12/21/joe-gentz-pleads-guilty-in-murder-of-jane-bashara/
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:33 pm

Joe Gentz Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder in Death of Jane Bashara

The handyman told the court that Bob Bashara, Jane Bashara's husband, promised him money and threatened him, according to WXYZ and the Detroit Free Press.

By John Hetzler, the author, 11:06 am

... Maria Miller, a spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, said the investigation into Jane Bashara's death is still open.

"The Jane Bashara homicide case remains under investigation," Miller said in an email. "No other charges are expected at this time."

Gentz’s plea is the latest in a case that has stunned the Grosse Pointe community.

Bob Bashara pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder in October, telling the court he tried to hire a hitman to kill Gentz. He was sentenced to 6-20 years in prison on Dec. 10.

Read more: http://grossepointe.patch.com/articles/joe-gentz-pleads-guilty-to-second-degree-murder-in-death-of-jane-bashara
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Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:22 pm

Darkman wrote:Joe Gentz, pleads guilty to Jane Bashara murder

Gentz takes plea of 2nd degree murder for killing of Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara

Published On: Dec 14 2012 11:32:00 AM EST Updated On: Dec 21 2012 10:32:58 AM EST



DETROIT - The man who confessed to police he was hired to kill Grosse Pointe Park mother was in court Friday.

He pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder for the killing of Jane Bashara.

Judge Voland Evens told Gentz he could face life in prison with his plea.

But, she said she would likely sentence him to no less than 17 years and a maximum of 28 years in prison.


The official sentencing for Gentz will be on January 29th.

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Watch Uncut: Gentz pleads guilty to murder.
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Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:36 pm

'Bob Bashara offered me money to kill his wife,' handyman Gentz tells court in plea deal

1:02 PM, December 21, 2012

By Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press staff

Wearing a tan suit and black-rimmed glasses, Joseph Gentz stood before a judge today and read from a statement in a Detroit courtroom.

“Bob Bashara offered me money to kill his wife,” Gentz told Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans.

Gentz, a handyman who said he killed Grosse Pointe Park mother and wife Jane Bashara, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and agreed to a sentence of 17-28 years in prison. It comes with the condition that he testifies truthfully in any proceedings, prosecutors said.

During the hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes, Gentz said he killed Jane Bashara because her husband, Bob Bashara, promised him money and threatened to kill him.

Those are your words,” Evans asked.

“Yes ma’am” Gentz replied.

Susan Reed, Gentz’s attorney, said he was very nervous before going to court today, almost to the point of being ill.

“I think it was in my client’s best interest to take this agreement,” Reed told reporters after the hearing.

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Reed said she expects her client to testify against Bob Bashara, Jane’s wife, if it gets to that point.

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Mark Kriger, Bashara’s attorney, declined comment today.

“I do not feel that it appropriate to comment about cases in the media,” he told the Free Press. “If charges are brought against Mr. Bashara, my comments will be made in the appropriate form, which is the courtroom.”

Prosecutors declined to comment on what the plea could mean for Bob Bashara.

“The Jane Bashara homicide case remains under investigation,” Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said in a statement. “No other charges are expected at this time.”

Gentz is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20121221/NEWS05/121221020/-Bob-Bashara-offered-me-money-kill-his-wife-handyman-Gentz-tells-court-plea-deal
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Gentz pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder of Jane Bashara

By Jameson Cook, jamie.cook@macombdaily.com; @jamesoncook

Posted: 12/21/12 01:16 pm


... Joseph Gentz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday in the slaying of Jane Bashara in exchange for spending 17 to 28 years in prison. His sentencing will be Jan. 29 ...


Read more: http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20121221/NEWS01/121229925/gentz-pleads-guilty-to-2nd-degree-murder-of-jane-bashara
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Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:19 pm

Detroit
December 21, 2012

Gentz pleads guilty to second-degree murder in death of Jane Bashara

Deal calls for him to testify truthfully in court if called up, raising speculation about possible new charges against Robert Bashara

By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Staff Writer

Former Grosse Pointe Park handyman Joseph Gentz — who admitted in January to police that he was responsible for the murder of Park mother and marketing executive Jane Bashara — has agreed to a plea deal that could lead to murder charges against Jane Bashara’s husband, Robert.

During a special pretrial hearing Dec. 21 in front of 3rd Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans, Gentz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Jan. 24 homicide, which allegedly took place inside the Bashara family garage. Jane Bashara’s body was found the next day inside her SUV, which was abandoned in an alley on the east side of Detroit.

Gentz told authorities that he killed Jane Bashara at the behest of her husband, who Gentz said offered him a couple thousand dollars and an older Cadillac in exchange for the crime. Gentz also said Robert Bashara threatened him. Robert Bashara has denied any involvement in his wife’s murder, but is currently in state prison for having pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder for attempting to hire someone to kill Gentz in jail, a crime for which he was sentenced to six to 20 years. Bashara had not been charged, at press time, in connection with his wife’s murder, but police labeled him a “person of interest” early in their investigation.

“The people have reached an agreement and are ready to proceed,” said Lisa Lindsey, one of the attorneys with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, when asked by Evans about the deal.

Explaining the charge Gentz was facing and the legal rights he was giving up, Evans said Gentz could be sentenced for up to life in prison for second-degree murder, but she assured him that wasn’t the maximum sentence he’d actually be facing. She also told him that he would have to follow the agreement for special consideration, as well, which called on Gentz to give the same answers to the same questions if he was asked those questions again.

Indicating that he understood his rights, Gentz responded, “Yes, ma’am” to Evans throughout the proceedings. After having been the target of a murder plot, Gentz admitted to the judge that he remained a little bit scared.

After swearing in court to tell the truth, Gentz made a brief statement admitting his role in Jane Bashara’s murder.

“Bob Bashara offered me money to kill his wife,” he said. “He threatened me if I did not kill her. I killed Jane Bashara because Bob Bashara promised me money and threatened to kill me. This happened in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, (on) Jan. 24, 2012.”

Gentz added that a statement he gave under oath Dec. 20 “was true,” and Lindsey concurred, telling the court, “The factual basis is supported by the statement he made under oath yesterday.”

Gentz had been facing first-degree murder charges and conspiracy to commit murder. His attorney, Susan Reed, said the conspiracy charge has been dropped. A second person was never charged as Gentz’s co-conspirator.

Talking to reporters after court, Reed said she felt this deal was in the “best interest” of her client.

“We worked very hard to get to (this point),” she said.

The deal validates what Gentz has been saying since he first walked into the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department just days after the murder.

“He’s been telling the truth all along, and unfortunately when he first went in … no one believed him,” Reed said.

Blame lies squarely with Robert Bashara, said Reed, who feels her client was victimized by him. She said Bashara knew Gentz, with his low IQ, could be easily influenced.

“I think that’s why (Gentz) was picked (by Bashara), because he could be manipulated and taken advantage of,” Reed said.

She said Gentz regrets his role in the murder, and “he thinks he has to pay for what he did, and everyone has to pay for what they did” in the case.

“He has expressed remorse because of the situation he was placed in by Bob Bashara,” Reed said. “He regrets and is sorry for (his actions).”

The widespread speculation among those close to the case is that charges against Robert Bashara are imminent, but when asked, Reed said, “That’s up to the prosecutors.”

A statement issued by a spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said that the Jane Bashara case “remains under investigation (and) no other charges are expected at this time.”

However, it’s telling that as part of his plea deal, Gentz has agreed to “testify truthfully in any (legal) proceedings.”

And Reed said her client’s plea agreement “does (seem)” to open the doors to future charges against Bashara.

Reed said Gentz’s agreement “is not part of the public record,” and she couldn’t comment as to whether her client might be testifying against Bashara in the future. The deal he struck calls for him to testify again in court if called upon, she said.

Reed said this is the strangest case she’s ever worked on.

“It has everything in it,” she said. “I’ve been doing this 30 years and I’ve never seen a case like this.”

At press time, Gentz was slated to learn his sentence Jan. 29 in 3rd Circuit Court in front of Evans. A time had not yet been set.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at kmoran@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1047.

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Post by Darkman on Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:38 pm

Joe Gentz takes plea deal; Guilty in murder of Grosse Pointe Park mom Jane Bashara

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Post by Darkman on Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:55 am

What's next for Bob Bashara after handyman's plea deal?

Grosse Pointe Park man likely to be charged with wife's murder after suspect takes plea deal

Published On: Dec 21 2012 04:43:54 PM EST Updated On: Dec 21 2012 05:36:43 PM EST

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DETROIT - Joe Gentz pleaded guilty Friday to 2nd degree murder in connection with the death of Grosse Pointe Park mother and wife Jane Bashara.

With black-rimmed glasses Gentz, with his attorney by his side, read from a statement he had prepared.

"Bob Bashara offered money to kill his wife and he threatened me," Gentz read.

Gentz told Judge Vonda Evans that Bob Bashara had threatened him to kill his wife and later paid him to do it. Jane Bashara was found strangled to death in her sports utility vehicle Jan. 24 in Detroit.

"You're also giving up the right to be presumed innocent. You understand that? Unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You understand that?" said Evans.

In exchange for Friday's plea deal, Gentz agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against Bob Bashara. Bob Bashara has not been charged in connection with his wife's murder. However, early on in the investigation police had called Bob a suspect.

"You can pretty much bet the farm that (Bob Bashara) is going to be charged with murder in this case. He is going to be, realistically, be charged after the sentencing. They don't want anything to fall through on the plea. So, some time in February you can expect for him to be charged with murder," said Local 4 legal expert Todd Flood.

Jane Bashara was found dead in the back of her sports utility vehicle Jan. 24, 2012. It was parked in a Detroit alley. However, police believe she was killed at her Grosse Pointe Park home and someone drove her vehicle with her body inside to Detroit.

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December 22, 2012 at 1:00 am

Handyman pleads guilty in Bashara murder case

Gentz: Her husband used threats, offered money to kill wife

By Christine Ferretti, The Detroit News



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Joseph Gentz's guilty plea in Jane Bashara's death could lead to charges for husband

December 22, 2012

By Elisha Anderson
Detroit Free Press Staff

Joseph Gentz makes his way from court after pleading guilty Friday at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29 to 17-28 years in prison. (ANDRE J. JACKSON / Detroit Free Press)

Peering through his black-rimmed glasses, Joseph Gentz read a statement Friday in a Detroit courtroom: "Bob Bashara offered me money to kill his wife."

Gentz, who wore a tan suit, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the January death of Grosse Pointe Park businesswoman Jane Bashara. He told Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans that he killed Bashara and that her husband threatened him if he didn't go through with it.

The admission, legal experts say, paves the way for prosecutors to charge Bob Bashara in his wife's murder. Bob Bashara has been called a suspect by police in the killing but has not been charged in connection with her death.

"Those are your words?" Evans asked during the hearing.

"Yes, ma'am," Gentz replied.

Gentz is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29 to 17-28 years in prison. The plea comes with the condition that Gentz testifies truthfully in any proceedings, prosecutors said.

Legal experts said Friday that charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder could be forthcoming for Bashara.

"Assuming the prosecution finds (Gentz's) statement to be credible ... one would expect that this is all in anticipation of going after Mr. Bashara," said University of Michigan law professor David Moran.

U-M law professor Len Niehoff said that if prosecutors want to build a case against Bashara, this is an important step.

Prosecutors declined to comment on what the plea could mean for Bashara.

"The Jane Bashara homicide case remains under investigation," Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said in a statement. "No other charges are expected at this time."

Bashara's attorney, Mark Kriger, declined to comment Friday.

"I do not feel that it's appropriate to comment about cases in the media," he told the Free Press. "If charges are brought against Mr. Bashara, my comments will be made in the appropriate form, which is the courtroom."

Jane Bashara's family could not be reached for comment Friday.

Challenges ahead

Susan Reed, Gentz's attorney, said she thinks agreeing to the plea was in the best interest of her client and said Gentz is ready to testify against Bob Bashara -- who he claims threatened to kill him -- if the case gets to that point.

Prior to Friday's hearing, Gentz made a statement under oath that was sealed, Reed said. Gentz referenced the statement -- made Thursday -- in court on Friday saying that it was true. No details about what he said were released.

Reed said she believes Bashara took advantage of her client and that Gentz is remorseful for his actions.

"He thinks that he has to pay for what he did," she said. "And he thinks that everyone involved should pay for what they did in this case."

Gentz, who court records show has a below-average IQ, was initially charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy.

The conspiracy charge has been dropped, Reed said.

If charges are filed against Bashara, the plea presents some challenges for the prosecution, according to legal experts.

"The problem is, you have to rely on the word of a convicted murderer," Moran said.

Adding to it is that Gentz is, arguably, mentally impaired, he said. Moran noted that a defense attorney will point out that Gentz was given a favorable plea deal in exchange for giving testimony that the prosecution wants.

Gentz's credibility will be challenged, and a jury will have to decide whether they believe him, said Richard Krisciunas, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor and a former Wayne County assistant prosecutor.

But Gentz will gain credibility because he went to police early on, he said.

"How many defendants have you heard where they walked into the police station and said, 'I want to confess to first-degree murder'?" Krisciunas said. "It's extremely rare that it happens."

Twists in the case

The case has taken twists and turns since Jane Bashara was reported missing and then found strangled in her SUV in Detroit last January.

Police called Bob Bashara a person of interest after his wife's death, and then on Jan. 31, Gentz walked into the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety and told police that he killed Jane Bashara at her husband's behest.

More than a month later, Gentz was arrested in connection with Bashara's murder.

Also, a woman said she carried on a long-term affair with Bob Bashara. Her attorney claimed Bashara portrayed himself as divorced and said the pair shopped for a home in the Grosse Pointes.

Bob Bashara has admitted that he hired a businessman to find someone to kill Gentz and was sentenced to 6 1/2 years to 20 years in prison earlier this month for solicitation of murder.

Bashara never said why he wanted Gentz dead during his sentencing, but he gave a tearful apology. Prosecutors contend he sought to have Gentz killed because he wanted to prevent him from testifying against him.

"(Gentz) is still afraid for his life," Reed said. "Bashara tried to get someone to kill him while he was in police custody, and that has to be terrifying."

Gentz's family members, who were not in court Friday, remain supportive of him, Reed said.

"The fact that he stepped up and took responsibility for his actions from the very beginning helps them support him now," she said.

Contact Elisha Anderson: 313-222-5144 or eanderson99@freepress.com

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Post by Darkman on Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:16 am

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Joe Gentz takes plea deal; Guilty in murder of Grosse Pointe Park mom Jane Bashara


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Examining Gentz's plea (3:21) with Legal Analyst, Tom Cranmer

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:45 am

January 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

Bashara moved to prison up north

By Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

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.

His attorney, Mark Kriger, said the move happened before New Year's Day.

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 10, 2013 7:01 am

Bob Bashara moves to new prison outside Traverse City

Bob Bashara moved to Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, Michigan

Published On: Jan 08 2013 05:04:41 PM EST Updated On: Jan 08 2013 05:58:07 PM EST

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Bob Bashara moved to northern Michigan prison

DETROIT -
Bob Bashara has just been moved to the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, Mich., not far from Traverse City.

Oaks is a level 4 prison, one level below maximum security. Bashara is now housed with almost 200 other male inmates.

There are single cells available here and also a higher education program, opportunities to participate in various clubs, events and intramural sports.

Bashara was sentenced in December to a minimum of 80 months in prison and a maximum of 20 years for hiring a hit man to kill the person suspected of killing his wife Jane.

The state parole board will determine when to release Bashara.

Russ Marlin, a spokesperson with the Michigan Department of Corrections spoke to Local 4 about the move.

Those close to Bashara are saying he had hoped he would be sent to a prison closer to Detroit, allowing his family members to drive only a short distance for visits.

Instead the drive will be more like four hours north.

This prison is in Manistee the Oaks Correctional Facility is also the same prison former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent after he was found to be in violation of probation.

Kilpatrick was later moved to Milan, closer to Metro Detroit.

It's unclear at this point if Bashara will request a transfer or if he'll stay put.

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Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Bob-Bashara-moves-to-new-prison-outside-Traverse-City/-/1719314/18056152/-/10ud31n/-/index.html

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:06 am

Bashara moved to Manistee prison

Posted: Wednesday, 01/09/13 12:45 am

DETROIT— Bob Bashara has just been moved to the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, Mich., not far from Traverse City, WDIV-TV reports.

Oaks is a Level 4 prison, one level below maximum security. Bashara is housed with about 200 other male inmates.

Bashara was sentenced in December to a minimum of 80 months in prison and a maximum of 20 years for hiring a hit man to kill Joseph Gentz, the person suspected of killing his wife, Jane. Her body was found Jan. 25, 2012, inside her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley.

The state parole board will determine Bob Bashara’s release date.

The Oaks Correctional Facility is also the same prison former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent after he was found to be in violation of probation.Kilpatrick was later moved to Milan, Mich.

Bashara has the option of requesting a transfer.

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:11 am

Bob Bashara Gets New Digs, Moves To Prison In Manistee

January 9, 2013 7:21 AM

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:14 am

Robert Bashara Moved to Northern Michigan Prison

Posted: Jan 09, 2013 5:34 AM CST Updated: Jan 09, 2013 5:34 AM CST

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:19 am

Bob Bashara moved to prison in Manistee to serve 80 month sentence

Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Bob Bashara sits before Judge Bruce Morrow at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Bashara, who said he tried to arrange the killing of Joseph Gentz, a handyman charged with his wife's slaying, was sentenced to more than six years in prison Monday, the latest step in a strange saga in a comfortable Detroit suburb. The body of his wife, marketing executive Jane Bashara, was found strangled in her Mercedes-Benz in January 2011. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates)

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Post by Darkman on Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:42 am

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Griem may still face more consequences

Criminal defense lawyer David Griem’s $8,000 in fines levied by a Detroit judge for his contempt of court convictions was significant, but many believe the well-known veteran attorney hasn’t fully paid the price yet.

Griem, in his representation of Bob Bashara, was fined recently for creating a subpoena for a fake case and passing discovery material to Bashara family members. His actions regarding the subpoena are particularly troubling, attorneys say.
Several attorneys have said privately they expect someone will file a complaint against him with the Attorney Grievance Commission, which could refer it to the Attorney Discipline Board. The board do nothing or issue discipline from a reprimand to license revocation.
Griem is a former assistant Macomb county prosecutor who over the years has handled many high-profile cases, including pre-arrest stage of the Stephen Grant case.

He is known for having a media-friendly style, providing colorful, sometimes brash quotes in defense of his client.

He often goes to the edge but this time may have gone over.


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Post by Darkman on Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:47 am

Friday, December 21, 2012

Judge uses soft touch

Judge Vonda Evans used compliments and humor to keep Joe Gentz comfortable at his plea hearing Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.
“You look nice today,” she told Gentz when he first approached the bend, after the last time she saw him he was wearing a jail outfit.
She asked him if he was “a little bit scared” due to the throng of media in the formal courtroom setting.
“A little bit,” Gentz replied.
She suggested he put on his eyeglasses, and when he took them off for a moment, she exclaimed, “Oh, you took them off.”
“You look more handsome with them on,” she told him.
Evans answered him several legally required questions, to which Gentz politely replied, “Yes, ma’am.”
Evans’ soft touch seemed to work.


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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:58 am

New twist in Jane Bashara murder case

Published On: Jan 23 2013 05:38:09 PM EST Updated On: Jan 23 2013 06:23:40 PM EST

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Tonight at 11 p.m. - One year after Jane Bashara's murder, The Defenders show you why this case is far from over!

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:06 pm

Timeline of events in Jane Bashara case
January 24, 2013

• Jan. 24, 2012: Bob Bashara reports his wife, Jane Bashara, missing to the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety.

• Jan. 25: Her body is found in her SUV in Detroit.

• Jan. 27: Police call Bob Bashara a person of interest.

• Jan. 31: Joseph Gentz walks into the Grosse Pointe Park Department of Public Safety and tells police he killed Jane Bashara at Bob Bashara's behest.

• Feb. 3: Gentz is released from custody without being charged.

• March 2: Gentz is arrested in connection with the killing.

• March 5: Gentz is arraigned on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy.

• June 25: Bashara is arrested and accused of attempting to have Gentz killed.

• June 27: Bashara is arraigned on a charge of solicitation of murder.

• July 11: Gentz has a competency hearing. A court-approved independent evaluation deems him competent to stand trial.

• July 31: Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow allows David Griem and fellow attorney Christina Utley to step down from representing Bashara. They turn the case over to Mark Kriger.

• Oct. 11: Bashara pleads guilty to solicitation to murder Gentz.

• Dec. 10: Bashara sentenced to 80 months to 20 years in prison.

• Dec. 21: Gentz pleads guilty to second-degree murder and tells the court Bashara offered him money to kill his wife.

Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20130124/news02/301240124
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Jane Bashara killing: One year later, mystery still surrounds strangled woman's death

January 24, 2013

By Gina Damron
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Sex, lies and hit men.

It sounds like the title of a fictional crime novel, but they are the sordid details surrounding a murder mystery that, for a year, has captivated metro Detroit.

One year ago, Jane Bashara went missing.

The Grosse Pointe Park mother of two turned up the next morning in an east-side Detroit alley, strangled in her luxury SUV. Within days, police called Bob Bashara a person of interest in his wife's slaying and handyman Joseph Gentz came forward to tell investigators he killed Jane Bashara at her husband's direction.

Bob Bashara professed his innocence, but admitted he tried to hire a hit man to kill Gentz, who took a plea deal last month under the condition he testify in any future proceedings, prosecutors for Wayne County said.

Legal experts say Gentz's guilty plea to second-degree murder opens the door for prosecutors to charge Bashara in his wife's death.

"They have to have a case that they believe they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt," University of Michigan law professor David Moran said.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is mum on any potential charges.

"The investigation into the homicide of Jane Bashara is ongoing, so we are unable to comment on the information related to the case," spokeswoman Maria Miller said Wednesday.

Bashara's attorney, Mark Kriger, said he only knows that the investigation is ongoing.

Nowadays, Bashara spends his days in a Manistee prison, bunking with a 21-year-old home invader, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Bashara was sentenced to roughly 6 1/2-20 years in prison in December for solicitation of murder. He never explained why he wanted to kill Gentz. Prosecutors said it was to prevent Gentz from testifying.

After his wife's slaying, Bashara's scandalous personal life unfolded. The former Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe member was painted as an adulterer with a mistress who maintained a sex dungeon in the basement of a commercial property on Mack Avenue.

In an interview with the Free Press after his wife's killing, Bashara insisted he was innocent -- an assertion he maintains -- despite a failed polygraph test early on in the investigation.

Richard Krisciunas, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor and former high-ranking Wayne County prosecutor, said he suspects there will be some movement in the case by Tuesday -- the day Gentz is to be sentenced to 17-28 years in prison under the plea deal.

It's likely the sentencing will be adjourned, Krisciunas said.

Krisciunas said Gentz has built-in credibility because he turned himself in to police. "Gentz," he said, "is going to be the key witness."

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:30 pm

1 year later, Bashara case 'open'

Kathy Ryan Staff Writer


January 24, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park — A long-held sense of security in Grosse Pointe Park was shattered a year ago on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The body of resident Jane Bashara was found in the backseat of her SUV, abandoned in an alley in Detroit. She had been strangled and beaten.

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Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:41 pm

Joe Gentz sentencing delayed in Bashara murder

Macomb Daily staff

Posted: Thursday, 01/24/13 12:44 pm

The sentencing of Joe Gentz, scheduled for Tuesday, has been adjourned to March 1 in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, according to prosecutors.

Gentz, 49, formerly of Macomb County, in December pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in last January’s slaying of Jane Bashara, 56, at her Grosse Pointe Park home, in exchange for a 17- to 28-year prison term and dismissal of first-degree murder and conspiracy charges. Gentz also agreed to testify against the victim’s husband, Bob Bashara, 55, who Gentz says hired and threatened him to kill Jane Bashara, a Mount Clemens native.

Bashara last August was charged with trying to have Gentz killed in a Wayne County Jail facility in June, and was sentenced in December to 80 months to 20 years in prison.

Bashara was named as a person of interest in his wife’s murder but has not been charged.

Jane Bashara’s body was found Jan. 25 in her SUV parked in an east-side Detroit alley, a few miles from her home. Gentz, Bob Bashara’s handyman, told police he strangled her for Bashara, who was to pay him.

Tuesday’s hearing was adjourned by Judge Vonda Evans, according to Wayne County prosecutors.

Source: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130124/NEWS01/130129694/joe-gentz-sentencing-delayed-in-bashara-murder
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:47 pm

Sentencing in Bashara Homicide Re-Scheduled

The handyman who pleaded guilty in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara will be sentenced March 1 rather than Jan. 29 after the judge re-scheduled the hearing.

By Sara Eaton Martin, the author
2:31 pm

Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans continued the sentencing hearing for Joe Gentz originally scheduled to happen next week until early March, 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 March 1. He was originally scheduled to go before Evans Jan. 29.

Wayne County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller noted the change in the sentencing date in an email case update Thursday afternoon. According to the update, Evans notified Gentz's defense attorney as well as the prosecutors handling the case of the change in the hearing.

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.

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.

Source: http://grossepointe.patch.com/articles/sentencing-in-bashara-homicide-re-scheduled
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:52 pm

Jane Bashara murder: Sentencing of handyman killer Joseph Gentz delayed

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com
on January 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM, updated January 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

DETROIT — The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced today that Joseph Gentz, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the strangling death of Grosse Pointe Park's Jane Bashara, will be sentenced March 26 at 9 a.m. before Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans.
Gentz said he killed 56-year-old Jane Bashara on Jan. 25, 2012 because he was threatened and paid to do so by her husband, Bob Bashara.

Prosecutors are recommending Gentz, who worked as a handyman for Bob Bashara, spend between 17 and 28 years in prison.

Second-degree murder carries no minimum sentence.

Although Bob Bashara has not admitted to hiring Gentz to kill his wife, he did plead guilty to soliciting the murder of Gentz, for which he is serving a minimum of more than six and a half years in prison up to 20 years.

"I have been telling the truth from the beginning," Gentz wote in a victim statement read by his attorney Susan Reed during Bashara's sentencing. "He told me he had friends in the Mafia and would have me killed. I was afraid for my life because he told me he could get me anywhere"

Bob Bashara remains a "person of interest" in his wife's killing.

Prosecutors have not said what might have motivated Bob Bashara to pursue a hit on his wife, althoug it seems the relationship was far from total marital bliss.

A neighbor of the Hard Luck Lounge on Mack in Grosse Pointe Park said she often saw Bob Bashara and other darkly-dressed visitors frequenting a basement space below a property owned by Bashara, what another woman called a S&M sex dungeon.

Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/01/sentencing_for_handyman_killer.html
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:58 pm

January 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hearing postponed for former handyman in Grosse Pointe woman's death

By Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — A former handyman who says he strangled a Grosse Pointe woman to death last year because her husband paid him to kill her will have to wait a little longer to learn how long he'll be in prison.

Read more from The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130124/METRO01/301240457
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:38 pm

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

Posted: 01/24/2013
Last Updated: 27 minutes ago

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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....

More at the Source: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/one-year-after-jane-basharas-murder-husband-maintains-he-was-not-involved-as-handyman-claims
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:29 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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DETROIT -
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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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Jane Bashara Murder Investigation (Click)

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More at the Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Jane-Bashara-s-murder-1-year-later/-/1719314/18267484/-/pr3wh4z/-/index.html (2 pages)


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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:33 am

Attorney: Gentz sentencing delay could mean Bashara arrest imminent

By Jameson Cook
jamie.cook@macombdaily.com @jamesoncook

Posted: Saturday, 01/26/13 12:04 am

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.”

Source: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130126/NEWS/130129517/attorney-gentz-sentencing-delay-could-mean-bashara-arrest-imminent
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:15 am

Darkman wrote:Jane Bashara murder: Sentencing of handyman killer Joseph Gentz delayed

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com
on January 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM, updated January 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

DETROIT — The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced today that Joseph Gentz, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the strangling death of Grosse Pointe Park's Jane Bashara, will be sentenced March 26 at 9 a.m. before Wayne County Circuit Judge Vonda Evans.
Gentz said he killed 56-year-old Jane Bashara on Jan. 25, 2012 because he was threatened and paid to do so by her husband, Bob Bashara.

Prosecutors are recommending Gentz, who worked as a handyman for Bob Bashara, spend between 17 and 28 years in prison.

Second-degree murder carries no minimum sentence.

Although Bob Bashara has not admitted to hiring Gentz to kill his wife, he did plead guilty to soliciting the murder of Gentz, for which he is serving a minimum of more than six and a half years in prison up to 20 years.

"I have been telling the truth from the beginning," Gentz wote in a victim statement read by his attorney Susan Reed during Bashara's sentencing. "He told me he had friends in the Mafia and would have me killed. I was afraid for my life because he told me he could get me anywhere"

Bob Bashara remains a "person of interest" in his wife's killing.

Prosecutors have not said what might have motivated Bob Bashara to pursue a hit on his wife, althoug it seems the relationship was far from total marital bliss.

A neighbor of the Hard Luck Lounge on Mack in Grosse Pointe Park said she often saw Bob Bashara and other darkly-dressed visitors frequenting a basement space below a property owned by Bashara, what another woman called a S&M sex dungeon.

Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/01/sentencing_for_handyman_killer.html
The above article was updated one more time (on January 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM this time).

instead of:

(Gentz) will be sentenced March 26 at 9 a.m.

it now says:

(Gentz) will be sentenced March 1 at 9 a.m.
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:54 pm

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January 31, 2013

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.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at kmoran@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1047.

Source: http://www.candgnews.com/news/prayer-vigil-marks-one-year-anniversary-jane-bashara%E2%80%99s-murder
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:43 pm

Hit Men, Sex, and True Crime

Posted on February 8, 2013 by David J. Kramer

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:49 pm

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

Published On: Feb 14 2013 11:24:42 AM EST


DETROIT -
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.

Read more: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Handyman-convicted-in-murder-of-Grosse-Pointe-Park-s-Jane-Bashara-will-be-sentenced-Feb-19/-/1719314/18546702/-/fdfwfg/-/index.html
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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:12 pm

I don't think it was Bobby or Griem... Very Happy

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