Joe Gentz won't withdraw guilty plea for 2nd degree murder in Jane Bashara's death

Man who pleaded guilty to role in Grosse Pointe Park woman's murder to ask judge to reconsider plea


DETROIT – Joe Gentz has changed his mind about withdrawing his guilty plea to second-degree murder in the death of Grosse Pointe Park mother Jane Bashara.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Gentz said he was taking back the letter he wrote to the court asking Judge Vonda Evans to reconsider the plea.

Evans scolded Gentz for going back and forth.

"This is not a game, this is very serious," Vonda told him. "I'm not going to continue to do this with you."


Evans said the county was suffering financially and it cost money to bring Gentz to court each time he had a problem with his case.

Gentz was the Bashara family handyman who admitted to playing a role in Jane's death.

Gentz had claimed he did not understand what he was doing when he accepted the deal.

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Bob Bashara, Jane's husband, also faces murder charges connected to his wife's death. He has pleaded not guilty.

Gentz is expected to testify in Bashara's trial.

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