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

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

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 stunned the Grosse Pointe community.

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

Diane S. Lewis December 21, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Just 6-20 years? Bashara should get 17-28 - as long as Gentz!
D M January 03, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Agree with Diane Lewis.
Denise Flagg January 09, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Joey is my cousin and he has had a real tough life with parents that didn't show him the love and support he should have gotten. He would have NEVER done such a thing on his own. I believe what he says that Bob forced him to commit the murder with promise of money, car and a bullet in the head if he didn't do it. When is he going on trial for the murder of his wife or having her killed?

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