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Bob Bashara Pleads Guilty To Solicitation Of Murder

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Bob Bashara is seen in court. (WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey, File)

Bob Bashara is seen in court. (WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey, File)

DETROIT (WWJ) - Bob Bashara has pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder for trying to hire a hitman to kill Joseph Gentz, the man accused of killing Bashara’s wife.

During a short hearing Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court, Bashara read a statement admitting that in June of this year he  “foolishly and regrettably” offered to pay a man to find someone to kill Gentz.

WWJ Legal Analyst and Talk Radio 1270 host Charlie Langton said, in a plea deal, Bashara’s attorney and the prosecutor’s office agreed to seek a lighter prison sentence.  He is facing between four and seven years in prison.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 20.

The body of Jane Bashara, a 56-year-old mother of two, was found in the back of her Mercedes-Benz SUV in a Detroit alley on Jan. 25.

Gentz, who worked as a handyman for Bob Bashara, has been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy charges.   Bob Bashara has been called a suspect in his wife’s death but has not been charged in that case.

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