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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:01 pm

Joe Gentz sentencing moved up to Tuesday

Macomb Daily staff

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.

Source: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130214/NEWS01/130219774/joe-gentz-sentencing-moved-up-to-tuesday#full_story

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:09 pm

Jane Bashara hitman Joseph Gentz to be sentenced next week

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com

on February 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM, updated February 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

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.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/detroit-river/index.ssf/2013/02/jane_bashara_hitman_joseph_gen.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:17 pm

Joseph Gentz's sentencing moved up to Tuesday

1:56 PM, February 14, 2013

By Elisha Anderson and Gina Damron, Detroit Free Press Staff Writers

The man who admitted he killed a Grosse Pointe Park woman is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Detroit.

Joseph Gentz pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last December in the death of Jane Bashara. He took a plea deal that came with the condition that he testifies truthfully in any proceeding.

At the time, Gentz told Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans that Bashara’s husband, Bob Bashara, offered him money to kill his wife. Gentz said Bob Bashara threatened him if he didn't go through with it.

Gentz was scheduled to be sentenced March 1, but the court rescheduled the date, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said today.

Gentz’s attorney, Susan Reed, said she didn’t know why the sentencing date had been moved up.

...

The investigation into the homicide of Jane Bashara remains ongoing, Miller said.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130214/NEWS02/130214064/Joseph-Gentz-sentencing-Jane-Bashara-Bob-Bashara

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:25 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.

By Sara Eaton Martin, the author
1:23 pm


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.

Source: http://grossepointe.patch.com/articles/gentz-sentencing-re-scheduled-again-in-jane-bashara-homicide

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:40 pm

Gentz sentencing raises questions about possible Bashara arrest

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

Posted: Sunday, 02/17/13 03:47 pm

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.

Source: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20130217/NEWS01/130219545/gentz-sentencing-raises-questions-about-possible-bashara-arrest#full_story

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:23 pm

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

Author: Hank Winchester, Local 4 Reporter

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

---- TEXT & VIDEO (4:15) ----



DETROIT -
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.

Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Joe-Gentz-s-mother-speaks-out-before-son-s-sentencing-for-role-in-Jane-Bashara-s-murder/-/1719314/18975066/-/format/rsss_2.0/-/wrcsxa/-/index.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:07 pm

Pretty good stream of the sentencing is HERE:

http://www.wxyz.com/subindex/news/news_livestream2

better than at Clickondetroit ...

Jane's family member just read the state (Jane's sister, i think) ... asked for Maximum sentence...

Gentz just appologized .. and now Judge is giving him a pre-sentence lecture......

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:07 pm

WXYZ Detroit ‏@wxyzdetroit

"I am very very sorry for what happened," Joe Gentz during sentencing for murder of Jane Bashara: http://bit.ly/11SgnT6

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:07 pm

Pretty Good speech by the Judge....

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:08 pm

Joe Gentz is sentenced to min 17 years - maximum 28 years (per agreement).

less 333 days credit for time served (but Gentz lawyer is saying it should be 29 more days or something like that .. they just cut the feed).

Done... Joe Gentz is done i guess..

"Good luck to you" .. Judge says......

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:09 pm

One down .. one to go? Rolling Eyes

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:09 pm

FOX 2 News | WJBK ‏@FOX2News

BREAKING: Joe Gentz has been sentenced to no less than 17 years and no more than 28 years in prison. Gentz... http://fb.me/1GYAePDAX

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:09 pm

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.

...

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

Read more: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/02/19/gentz-gets-17-years-in-murder-of-jane-bashara/

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

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

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

By Fox 2 News Staff

---- TEXT & VIDEO ----


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.

...

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

Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/21239261/handyman-joe-gentz-returning-to-court-in-bashara-case

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:11 pm

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.



-- Julie Rowe

More: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Joe-Gentz-sentenced-17-28-years-in-prison-for-Bashara-murder/-/1719314/18977728/-/r1xdkiz/-/index.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:25 pm

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."

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130219/NEWS02/130219035/Joseph-Gentz-sentenced-to-17-28-years-in-murder-of-Jane-Bashara

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:37 pm

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."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130219/METRO01/302190364

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:45 pm

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.

More: http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20130219/NEWS01/130219558/joseph-gentz-sentenced-to-17-28-years-for-murder-of-jane-bashara

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:52 pm

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.

More: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/02/joseph_gentz_gets_to_17-28_yea.html

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:56 pm

Gentz: Sentenced Today in Bashara Homicide

http://grossepointe.patch.com/articles/gentz-sentenced-today-in-bashara-homicide

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:06 pm

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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From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130219/METRO01/302190364

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:28 pm

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

Uncut VIDEO (9:55) of today's proceedings from Court

Watch: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/UNCUT-Joe-Gentz-sentenced-17-28-years-in-prison-for-Bashara-murder/-/1719418/18983556/-/gxt3d1/-/index.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:38 pm

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

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

By Jameson Cook

jamie.cook@macombdaily.com; @jamesoncook

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.”

Source: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/02/19/news/doc5123c6e41341d578343228.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:16 pm

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

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

By: Smita Kalokhe

---- TEXT & VIDEO (3:36) ----


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.

Source: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/forensics-tests-bob-basharas-dna-possibly-linked-to-crime-scene

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Post by Darkman on Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:47 pm

Detroit
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.”

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/gentz-gets-17-28-years-murdering-jane-bashara


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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:10 am


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 Feb 27, 2013 12:08 am

Joseph Gentz's attorney talks after his sentencing for Jane Bashara's murder

Joseph Gentz's attorney talks after his sentencing for Jane Bashara's murder. Gentz was sentenced to 17-28 years in prison.

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:55 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

---- VIDEO (4:24) ----

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.

Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Defenders-Joe-Gentz-secret-tapes/-/1719314/19291836/-/15usvjwz/-/index.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:43 pm

Bashara's house in Grosse Pointe Park, MI ... on Middlesex Rd. ... went on the market, recently ... for $425,000

Thanks for the find, GPPGRL @ Justice 4 Jane forum




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Source: http://www.trulia.com/property/3111841242-552-Middlesex-Rd-Grosse-Pointe-Park-MI-48230

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:54 am

Worthy: Wayne County budget woes slowing down Bashara case

6:06 PM, March 27, 2013

By Elisha Anderson
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

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.

Worthy, who said she made her budgets work in the past, contends she can’t fulfill her constitutionally required duties on the budget she was given and has filed a lawsuit against the county.

The ongoing legal battle heads back to court Thursday, when Wayne Circuit Court Judge Wendy Baxter is expected to hear a motion by Worthy challenging the March 15 layoffs of 26 employees—including 22 attorneys. Worthy said that’s in addition to 30 open positions that she hasn’t been allowed to fill.

County spokeswoman June West said the county plans to defend the motion and accused Worthy of wasting taxpayer dollars on court proceedings.

“One would expect that she'd be working to find efficiencies in her operations,” West said.

Prosecutors have missed some criminal traffic and misdemeanor dockets in 36th District Court in Detroit as well as those involving personal protection orders in Wayne Circuit Court since March 18.

Several commissioners said Worthy should get more money.

“This budget that you were given this year does not give the impression that we’re serious about public safety because we’re not funding it to the level that it needs to be funded,” said commission vice-chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit.

Others have said Worthy hasn’t handled the situation properly.

“She has a responsibility to make sure she that prioritizes and makes sure the courts are covered,” commission chairman Gary Woronchak, D-Dearborn, said after the meeting. “That’s her responsibility while we try to work on the finances of it.”

He says she still has millions to work with while they’re trying to settle it.

“The problem that we all have is where to find extra money to give her,” Woronchak said.

Contact Elisha Anderson: eanderson@freepress.com

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Source: http://www.freep.com/article/20130327/NEWS02/130327086/prosecutor-kym-worthy-budget-battle-wayne-county-robert-ficano

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Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:11 am

Wayne County Prosecutor pleas for more money for office

By Taryn Asher
Fox 2 News

---- TEXT & VIDEO (2:27) ----

Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:48 PM CDT | Updated: Mar 27, 2013 5:48 PM CDT

Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, met with the commissioners pleading her case to tell them why her office can't survive on the money budgeted her office. It's 9 million dollars less than she was planning on.

"Just ignore it. Just ignore the agreement," says Worthy.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy claims that's what Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano said after her office spent nearly a year proving where the dollars go and why it needs the nearly 34 million dollars they agreed upon to effectively prosecute cases.

"A cut from 34 million that you were promised to 25 million it is absurd. I've looked and I've never seen any department that has taken cuts like this," says Wayne County Commissioner, Irma Clark-Coleman.

"The officer who is responsible in that role in this county did not keep his word and did not do anything to fix the situation," says Worthy.

Worthy is in the process of suing the county to stop the budget cuts. With already 50 unfilled positions, her office is forced to lay off 26 more prosecutors last week. No money she says, no prosecutions, and severe delays in bringing cases to trial, pointing to the murder of Grosse Pointe Park mom Jane Bashara.

Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/21811825/wayne-co-prosecutor-says-her-office-cant-survive-on-money-budgeted-to-her-office

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Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:15 am

Wayne County prosecutor brings budget battle to courtroom today

March 28, 2013

By Elisha Anderson
Detroit Free Press Staff

The escalating battle involving the budget of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is expected to be the focus of a hearing in a Detroit courtroom this morning.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Wendy Baxter will hear a motion filed by Prosecutor Kym Worthy challenging the layoffs of 26 people -- including 22 lawyers -- on March 15 as part of her ongoing lawsuit against the county.

Worthy said she needs more people and contends she can't fulfill her constitutionally required duties with her current budget.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130328/NEWS02/303280160/Wayne-County-prosecutor-brings-budget-battle-to-courtroom-today

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Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:30 am

Cases kicked to curb

Brad Lindberg, Staff Writer

March 28, 2013

THE GROSSE POINTES — Staff cuts in the county prosecutor's office are causing some police to chase their tails more than criminals.

Action against a third-time drunken driving suspect in the City of Grosse Pointe is delayed because the shrunken pool of prosecuting attorneys is frying bigger fish.

In the Farms, detectives got nowhere trying to check the status of a felony arrest warrant for a person accused of identity theft against senior citizens.

Read more: http://www.grossepointenews.com/Articles-News-i-2013-03-28-249340.114135-Cases-kicked-to-curb.html

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Post by Darkman on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:31 am

Worthy making case for more money for her department to Wayne County Commission

Posted: 03/27/2013 | Last Updated: 10 hours and 30 minutes ago

• By: Bill Proctor

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DETROIT (WXYZ) - Wayne County prosecutor Kim Worthy was quick to choose a chair at the committee table that put her back to television cameras present to cover her appearance.

She came to take questions, but also to reiterate her position - her prosecutors' office needs more money ... millions more than what the commission had budgeted for it.

She talked about how responsible she is a steward of taxpayer dollars, that among her first things to do was to audit spending.

"We set salaries to what people should have had, and downgraded others," Worthy said, talking about her administration in 2004.

The next fiscal year, millions less were available ... and, she claims, every year "we found a way to save money and work within our budget."

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/worthy-making-case-for-more-money-for-her-department-to-wayne-county-commission

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Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:33 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

---- TEXT & VIDEO (2:44) ----


DETROIT -
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.

Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Defenders-Joe-Gentz-s-bad-behavior-in-prison-could-hurt-case-against-Bob-Bashara/-/1719314/19579322/-/86lnrm/-/index.html

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Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:59 pm

Another person from Grosse Pointe is dead ... Rolling Eyes

Spoiler:

Reward offered for information on Grosse Pointe Park man's death

29-year-old Derek Golden's body found by workers at Riverview landfill

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Reward-offered-for-information-on-Grosse-Pointe-Park-man-s-death/-/1719418/19579944/-/format/rss_2.0/-/hmtm06/-/index.html


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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:06 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

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.

Read more: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/investigations/Bashara-s-Grosse-Pointe-Park-home-now-up-for-sale/-/1719314/19602676/-/format/rsss_2.0/-/sdmwrwz/-/index.html

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Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:19 am

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

April 3rd, 2013, 11:24 PM

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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.


The 2,800-square-foot house on Middlesex is listed for sale on the website http://www.moveinmichigan.com for $415,000. The site says the house has five bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half-baths, a remodeled kitchen, a finished basement and a wine cellar.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130403/NEWS02/130404001/Grosse-Pointe-Park-Bob-and-Jane-Bashara-home-for-sale

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:16 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.

Watch at the Source: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Bashara-s-Grosse-Pointe-Park-home-now-up-for-sale/-/1719418/19614262/-/ytn4kk/-/index.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:07 am

Former Grosse Pointe Park home of Bob and Jane Bashara listed for sale

Posted: 6:38 AM
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• By: Kim Russell

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GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich (WXYZ) - The home that belonged to Bob and Jane Bashara is now listed for sale.

As you can see in this listing , the 2,800-square-foot home is available for $415,000.

That is more than the assessed value according to property records.

....

Sources tell 7 Action News police continue to meet with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office to discuss the possibility of charging Bashara with his wife’s murder, but it has not yet happened.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/Former-Grosse-Pointe-Park-home-of-Bob-and-Jane-Bashara-listed-for-sale

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:12 am

Former home of Bob and Jane Bashara up for sale

Posted: Apr 04, 2013 6:31 AM CDT
Updated: Apr 04, 2013 6:42 AM CDT

By myFOXDetroit.com Staff

Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/21878173/former-home-of-bob-and-jane-bashara-up-for-sale (includes Photo Gallery of the home)

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:23 am

April 4, 2013 at 7:42 am

Home where Jane Bashara murdered up for sale

By Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Grosse Pointe Park — A home that was the site of one of the most shocking murder cases in Metro-area history is up for sale.

The 2,800 square-foot, four bedrooms, four bathroom home that belonged to Bob and Jane Bashara is on the market with an asking price of $415,000.

It was in the garage of the home — located on Middlesex Road — that Jane Bashara was killed by Joe Gentz, a handyman often employed to do odd jobs on properties owned by Bob Bashara.

Jane Bashara's body was later discovered in the back of her Mercedes SUV in a Detroit alley.

The case, which already had drawn intense media attention, exploded on the national scene when it was discovered that Bob Bashara had several girlfriends and had allegedly created an S & M den in the basement of the Hard Luck Lounge, a property he owned in Detroit.

The case took another twist when Gentz later walked into the Grosse Point Park police department and confessed to the murder, saying he had been hired to do so by Bob Bashara.

Gentz is serving a 28-year sentence.

Bashara has not been charged with his wife's death but is serving 80 to 240 months in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill Gentz when he was being housed in the Wayne County Jail.

Police and prosecutors are still investigating the case.

tgreenwood@detroitnews.com

(313) 222-2023

Source: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130404/METRO01/304040422/1361/Home-where-Jane-Bashara-murdered-up-for-sale

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:43 pm

Darkman wrote:Former Grosse Pointe Park home of Bob and Jane Bashara listed for sale

Posted: 6:38 AM
Last Updated: 33 minutes ago

• By: Kim Russell

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GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich (WXYZ) - The home that belonged to Bob and Jane Bashara is now listed for sale.

As you can see in this listing , the 2,800-square-foot home is available for $415,000.

That is more than the assessed value according to property records.

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Sources tell 7 Action News police continue to meet with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office to discuss the possibility of charging Bashara with his wife’s murder, but it has not yet happened.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/Former-Grosse-Pointe-Park-home-of-Bob-and-Jane-Bashara-listed-for-sale
2nd VIDEO was added at the source ... 2:06

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/Former-Grosse-Pointe-Park-home-of-Bob-and-Jane-Bashara-listed-for-sale

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:36 pm

Realtor talks about Bashara home for sale

1 hr 0 mins ago, WXYZ-Detroit Videos

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http://news.yahoo.com/video/realtor-talks-bashara-home-sale-233233932.html

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:37 pm

Darkman wrote:
2nd VIDEO was added at the source ... 2:06

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/Former-Grosse-Pointe-Park-home-of-Bob-and-Jane-Bashara-listed-for-sale
The above VIDEO is now packaged with this article.....

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Bank tried to sell Bashara home in Grosse Pointe Park for $63,865.57

Posted: 9:16 PM | Last Updated: 1 hour and 3 minutes ago • By: Kimberly Craig


GROSSE POINTE PARK (WXYZ) - The listing agent for the house where the B ashara fa mily lived in Grosse Pointe Park is not saying if Bob Bashara is behind an attempt to sell his former home for $415,000.

But Action News has learned that someone might have been able to purchase the 2 ,800 square foot home on M iddle sex for just $63,865.57 last November.

According to county records, the mortgage holder, Comerica Bank, foreclosed on 552 Middlesex and tried to unload the property in a sheriff sale, but no one bought it.

We're told Bob Bashara has until May 15, 2013 to redeem the property. And though he's now in prison, he could be behind recent efforts to sell the house that is still in his name.

Bob Bashara is the suspected mastermind behind the murder of his wife Jane in the garage of the house, but at least for now, he's not been charged with the killing.

Former handyman Joe Gentz confessed to strangling Jane, but says Bashara forced him to do it at gunpoint.

Bashara is serving time for trying to hire a hitman to kill Gentz behind bars; a move prosecutors say was aimed at keeping Gentz from ever testifying against Bashara in the alleged murder plot.

When Action News called the listing agent at II Elite Real Estate Services in Roseville, we were told they would not be commenting.

And when it comes to details about a house, Michigan law obligates the seller to disclose certain conditions of the property, but declaring that someone was murdered there is not one of them.

If knowing what crimes may have taken place would affect your desire to purchase any property or how much you want to pay for it, real estate attorney Rod Dunlap suggests potential buyers do their own research, including talking to neighbors and local police.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/bank-tried-to-sell-bashara-home-in-grosse-pointe-park-for-6386557

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:33 am

April 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Home where Jane Bashara murdered up for sale

By Tom Greenwood, The Detroit News

The 2,800 square-foot, four bedrooms, four bathroom home that belonged to Bob and Jane Bashara is on the market with an asking price of $415,000. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Read more from The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130404/METRO01/304040422

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:47 pm

The sale price of Bashara's house is reduced now ...

from $415,000 to $399,000

http://www.trulia.com/property/3111841242-552-Middlesex-Rd-Grosse-Pointe-Park-MI-48230



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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:32 am

Worthy to make announcement in Bashara murder case

2:51 PM, April 16, 2013

By Elisha Anderson and Gina Damron, Detroit Free Press Staff Writers



Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy plans to make an announcement on Wednesday in the Jane Bashara homicide case.

Former handyman Joseph Gentz was sentenced in February by Wayne Circuit Judge Vonda Evans to serve 17-28 years in prison for Bashara's death.

The Grosse Pointe Park mother was strangled in January 2012. her body was found in her luxury SUV in an east side Detroit alley.

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Bob Bashara, who has maintained that he is innocent, was named a person of interest by police in his wife's death, but he has not been charged. He is currently serving a prison sentence of about 6 1/2-20 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill Gentz in jail.

Mark Kriger, Bob Bashara’s attorney, said today that he does not know the details of Wednesday’s announcement.

“The last I heard is that they’re still investigating it,” he said of the prosecutor’s office.

Susan Reed, Gentz’s attorney, said she has no first-hand knowledge of what will be announced. She speculated whether the announcement would have to do with potential charges against Bob Bashara.

“Joe Gentz is already in jail, so there’s nothing to announce there,” Reed said. “That only leaves the other person of interest.”

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20130416/NEWS02/304160137/Bashara-case-Worthy-prosecutor

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Re: Jane Bashara Murder (thread #4)

Post by Darkman on Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:37 am

Announcement Coming In Jane Bashara Murder Case

April 16, 2013 3:59 PM



DETROIT (WWJ) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will hold a press conference on Wednesday, making an announcement in the Jane Bashara murder case.

WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton, who has been following the case for over a year, said Worthy is expected to announce murder charges against Jane’s husband, Bob.

“That’s really speculation at this point … but it’s certainly a possibility,” said Langton. “It’s the question that everyone’s been asking: When will Bob Bashara be charged in the death of his wife?”

Read more: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/04/16/announcement-coming-in-jane-bashara-murder-case/

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