Defenders: Joe Gentz's bad behavior in prison could hurt case against Bob Bashara

Man in prison for Jane Bashara's murder cited for altercation with guard; investigators fear bad behavior could hurt case against Jane's husband

By Hank Winchester - Reporter

DETROIT - Joe Gentz has a new home at the Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven.

Gentz, who was the Bashara family handyman, took a deal and pleaded guilty to second degree murder for his role in Jane Bashara's death. He recently was moved to the Level 4 security prison March 28. He is being kept in his own cell for his protection.

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It's not far from his family and friends who, as of now, are allowed to visit Gentz on specific days. However, that soon could change if the former handyman causes any more issues behind bars.

The Local 4 Defenders have learned that on March 12 Gentz, who at that time was being held at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, had an altercation with a prison guard.

The incident was written up and disciplinary action was taken. It was the first time Gentz has received a behavioral violation while he has been locked up. If he is written up again his security level could change. His opportunity to have visitors could be taken away.

This could also call into question his credibility as a potential witness against Bob Bashara, Jane's husband.

The Defenders are told from insiders that Gentz is extremely agitated in prison and has been having behavioral issues. They say if this continues Gentz may not be able to further help investigators as they work to tie up the case against Bob Bashara.

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