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 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
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.
Wayne Circuit Court Judge Vonda Evans continued the sentencing hearing for Joe Gentz originally scheduled to happen next week until early March, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. Gentz, who pled guilty to second degree murder in the January 2012 strangulation death of Jane E. Bashara, will be sentenced March 1. He was originally scheduled to go before Evans Jan. 29. Wayne County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Maria Miller noted the change in the sentencing date in an email case update Thursday afternoon. According to the update, Evans notified Gentz's defense attorney as well as the prosecutors handling the case of the change in the hearing. Gentz remains in custody. He was arrested in the death of Jane Bashara in March. He has …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Bob Bashara, the man convicted of plotting to kill a handyman accused of murdering Bashara's wife, has been transferred to a different prison.
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…
Joseph Gentz, who is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Jane Bashara, has a pretrial hearing scheduled in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bob Bashara booked into Michigan Department of Corrections after his sentencing yesterday for solicitation of murder.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Bob Bashara will serve 80 - 240 months for solicitation of murder of Joe Gentz, the handyman charged with Jane Bashara's murder.
Grosse Pointe Park resident Bob Bashara was sentenced this morning on a charge that he hired a hitman to kill Joe Gentz, the handyman charged with killing Bashara's wife last January. Today, Bashara was sentenced to serve 80 to 240 months in prison for the crime. The Detroit Free Press reported that Bashara said in court, "I am truly and humbly sorry for my actions. I apologize to this court. I apologize to Mr. Gentz. I apologize to my family and friends." According to the Detroit News, Bashara told Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce U. Morrow, "I understand I must pay for what I have done. I absolutely stand before you and my family and the world, to take responsibility for my actions. I can't tell you how ashamed I am of what I did and …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Griem must pay $8,000 in fines in 90 days to opposing attorneys and the court.
Bob Bashara's former attorney, David Griem, was sentenced on civil contempt charges on Monday, Nov. 26 before Judge Kenneth King in 36th District Court. The charges stemmed from accusations that Griem had shared privileged information with Bashara's family and had issued unauthorized subpoenas regarding Joe Gentz. Griem must pay the prosecution $2,000 as well as Susan Reed, the defense attorney for Joseph Gentz, $2,000 and the court $4,000 in fines by February 26, 2013, according to a release by the Wayne County Prosecutor's office. During an Oct. 12 hearing, Griem pleaded responsibility for issuing a subpoena on a non-existent case to obtain records for Joseph Gentz and for giving discovery materials in Bob Bashara's case to a …
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…