Bob Bashara was convicted of having his wife killed in one of Metro Detroit’s most notorious homicide cases had died .
Bob died on Monday, the Michigan Department of Corrections confirmed.
Chris Gautz, an MDOC spokesman, said Bashara, 62, who had been an inmate at the department’s prison in Whitmore Lake, died at an Ann Arbor area hospital.
“I cannot talk about the cause of death due to HIPPA, but in case you were wondering if it was COVID, I can’t say that due to the same privacy law,” Gautz said in an email, “but I can tell you that there were no positive cases at the prison he was at.”
Bashara was sentenced to life in prison for paying handyman Joseph Gentz to kill Jane Bashara in January 2012.
According to reports, Bashara was sentenced to life in prison for paying handyman Joseph Gentz to kill Jane Bashara in January 2012.
Barbara Naeyaert, Jane Bashara’s great aunt, said, “This will finally give some closure for the kids and for the whole family.”
Jane and Bob Bashara in Hawaii in 2011.
Naeyaert said Bashara had been on dialysis recently and had liver problems.
In late 2014, a jury found Bashara guilty on five counts, including first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“May his soul rest in peace,” said Lillian Diallo, who was Bashara’s attorney during his murder trial. “He had a tortured existence the last few years of his life, and hopefully he will be accepted into the arms of the Lord.”