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.
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)
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.
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."
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2 more Videos were added at the same Source now (for the total of 3 Videos).
The 2nd Video at the Source is pretty good: (this one)
Examining Gentz's plea (3:21) with Legal Analyst, Tom Cranmer
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Unfortunately for Bob Bashara, the fact he put a hit out on Gentz works in favor of Gentz' credibility!
The greatest trespasser on justice still wishes it done to him.
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Bob Bashara Gets New Digs, Moves To Prison In Manistee
The 55-year-old Grosse Pointe Park man had been at the state prison in Jackson, but is now at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, about 50 miles southwest of Traverse City.
Bob Bashara moves to new prison outside Traverse City
Oaks is a level 4 prison, one level below maximum security. Bashara is now housed with almost 200 other male inmates.
Make sure to read the comments!
Unfortunately, it's not the worst place for him to do time. Kilpatrick was there for some time. Of course, he's so arrogant he will probably have issues with the other inmates, and for that I am glad.
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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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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.
posted by Jameson Cook at 6:37 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.
posted by Jameson Cook at 2:55 PM
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!
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.
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.
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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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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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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.
Tuesday’s hearing was adjourned by Judge Vonda Evans, according to Wayne County prosecutors.
Read more: http://www.macombdaily.com/article/2...bashara-murder
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
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...
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Jane Bashara murder: Sentencing of handyman killer Joseph Gentz delayed
By Gus Burns | firstname.lastname@example.org
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...
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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/2...RO01/301240457
One year after Jane Bashara's murder, husband maintains he was not involved as handyman claims
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GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - One year after Jane Bashara was found strangled in her Mercedes, her husband Bob continues to maintain his innocence....
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Jane Bashara's murder: 1 year later
Handyman charged with Grosse Pointe Park mom's death, husband admits to trying to kill handyman
Published On: Jan 24 2013 10:18:54 PM EST Updated On: Jan 24 2013 10:22:41 PM EST
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It is one of metro Detroit’s most bizarre murder investigations.
The murder of Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara last January put the spotlight on her husband, his secret life and his handyman.
Now, a year later, the Defenders are looking back and revealing a new twist in the still ongoing investigation....
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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Attorney: Gentz sentencing delay could mean Bashara arrest imminent
By Jameson Cook
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.”
Thanks for the updates Darkman. You were missed Not looking good for Bob. Nope
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Grosse Pointe Woods
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.
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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.’”
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