Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced several charges early Wednesday against Bob Bashara in the strangulation death of his wife, Jane Bashara, whose body was found in the back of an SUV in Detroit.
Bob Bashara will be arriagned on several charges next week in the strangulation death of his wife Jane Bashara following an investigation spanning multiple states and nearly 300 witnesses. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced several charges early Wednesday against Bashara, who owns property in St. Clair Shores. She was surrounded by more than a dozen people from various agencies who helped in the investigation and without, Worthy said, charges never would have resulted. The charges include: Patch will be updating this story. Please check back for updates. Like Patch on Facebook | Follow Patch on Twitter | Sign up for Patch's free daily e-newsletter
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy will hold a press conference Wednesday morning to make an announcement in the Jane Bashara case.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy will make an announcement Wednesday morning in the Jane Bashara case, according to a release sent from her office. Maria Miller said Worthy’s press conference will take place at 11 a.m. April 17 in downtown Detroit. Joe Gentz was sentenced to 17 to 28 years in prison in February after he pleaded guilty to to second-degree murder in the death of Jane Bashara, a Grosse Pointe Park resident. Bob Bashara, Jane’s husband, was named a person of interest in his wife’s death, but he has not yet been charged in the case. Bob Bashara is serving 80 to 240 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge that he hired a hitman to kill Gentz.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The former handyman who admitted in December to killing Grosse Pointe Park resident Jane Bashara in January 2012 will serve 17 to 28 years in prison after being sentenced Tuesday morning in Wayne Circuit Court.
In approximately 15 minutes, Joe Gentz apologized for killing Jane Bashara, her sister asked that he be held accountable and Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans sentenced him to 17 to 28 years in prison Tuesday. Gentz pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder in the strangulation death of Jane Bashara. Originally he was charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, carrying potential life in prison sentences. Evans highlighted the lack of thought by Gentz about whether it was wrong to kill Bashara. She followed plea agreement guidelines established by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and his defense attorney, Susan Reed. He will serve no less than 17 years and no more than 28 years. Gentz underwent two…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
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.
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 …
Friday, December 21, 2012
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.
Joe Gentz has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Jane Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park, according to WXYZ, the Detroit Free Press and other media reports. Gentz, a St. Clair Shores handyman, said Bob Bashara—the husband of Jane Bashara—promised Gentz money and threatened him. The guilty plea means Gentz could serve between 17-28 years in prison. His sentencing trial will take place Jan. 29, 2013, according to WXYZ. 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…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Grosse Pointe Park resident Bob Bashara faces possible life in prison after pleading guilty to solicitation of murder.
Bob Bashara's sentencing hearing has been postponed from Tuesday, Nov. 20 to Dec. 10 at 8:30 a.m. On Oct. 11, Bashara, a Grosse Pointe Park resident, appeared before Judge Bruce U. Morrow in Wayne County Circuit Court on a charge that he hired a hitman to kill Joe Gentz. Bashara pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Bashara could be sentenced up to 135 months in jail for the crime. During testimony in Bashara's preliminary exam in 36th District Court, witnesses portrayed Bashara as a man who sought out a hitman and was paranoid that his conversations were being recorded. Over the course of three meetings with Steve Tibaudo, the owner of Steve's Furniture and Appliances on East Warren and …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Joe Gentz, accused of conspiracy and the murder of Jane Bashara, pleaded not guilty in Wayne County Third Circuit Court on Tuesday
The trial of Joe Gentz, the handyman charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the strangulation death of Grosse Pointe Park resident Jane Bashara, is set for January 7, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. The trial is scheduled nearly a year after Jane Bashara was found strangled in her SUV in Detroit last January. Gentz was arraigned on the charges of murder and conspiracy in Wayne County Third Circuit Court on Tuesday morning. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, Gentz entered a not guilty plea. If convicted, Gentz is facing up to life in prison on both of the charges. Gentz has reportedly told investigators that he was paid to kill Jane Bashara by her husband Bob Bashara. Last…
Friday, October 12, 2012
Accused of sharing evidence with Bashara's family and for issuing unauthorized subpoenas, attorney David Griem will be sentenced for civil contempt on Nov. 26.
Bob Bashara's former attorney, David Griem, was in court Friday on charges of criminal contempt of court that stemmed from accusations that Griem had shared privileged information with Bashara's family and had issued unauthorized subpoenas regarding Joe Gentz. During the hearing before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King, Griem admitted responsibility for both petitions for contempt and apologized, reported Maria Miller, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson. In an article by the Detroit Free Press, Griem was reported to have said, "Your honor, as someone who has been an attorney for over 35 years and takes his obligations as an attorney serious, I'm particularly embarrassed to be in this situation..." Judge King accepted the …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Local residents show no surprise at Bob Bashara's guilty plea and hope case is handled with care.
All is quiet Thursday afternoon in front of Bob Bashara's house in Grosse Pointe Park just hours after he pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman to kill Joe Gentz, the man accused of killing Bashara's wife Jane earlier this year. Purple bows tied around trees in front of the tidy brick home are likely in memorial of Jane Bashara, who was found strangled in her SUV in January. Thursday, two media outlets park on the street near the home and when neighbors see the return of cameras and microphones, they turn around and close their doors. They've surely tired of the media circus that has disrupted their quiet street in the secluded Windmill Pointe area. On the street in the Village, passersby in Caribou Coffee and Trader Joe's are more…
Bob Bashara, the Grosse Pointe Park resident, has pleaded guilty to a charge of solicitation of murder. He now faces up to life in prison.
Bob Bashara has pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder in Wayne Circuit Court. Bashara, a Grosse Pointe Park resident, appeared before Judge Bruce U. Morrow in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing on a charge that he hired a hitman to kill Joe Gentz. Bashara, dressed in a suit, read a statement to the court admitting to the crime. His attorney Mark Kriger, said his client read the following statement, "In June of 2012 I foolishly and regrettably offered to pay Steve Tibaudo to find someone to kill Joseph Gentz." Basahara will return to court Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. for sentencing. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Bashara could be sentenced up to 135 months in jail for the crime. During testimony in Bashara's …