Bob Bashara receives mandatory sentence of life in prison

The Grosse Pointe Park man convicted of arranging his wife's murder received the mandatory sentence Thursday of life in prison. 

Jane Bashara was found dead in early 2012 in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley after she was strangled by a handyman at her home. Prosecutors say Bob Bashara arranged his wife's death so he could lead a lifestyle of bondage and domination with women who called him "Master Bob."

Jurors agreed after listening to more than 70 witnesses in a trial that lasted eight weeks, and Bob was found guilty in December of 2014 of first-degree murder, among other charges

Count 1 - Guilty, Conspiracy to Commit Homicide, Murder First-Degree Premeditated
Count 2 - Guilty, Solicitation of a Homicide/Murder
Count 3 - Guilty, Homicide Murder First-Degree Premeditated
Count 4 - Guilty, Obstruction of Justice
Count 5 - Guilty, Witness Intimidation

Bob received the sentence on the following counts:

Count 1 - Mandatory life in prison
Count 2 - 19-40 years
Count 3 - Life without parole
Count 4 - 1-5 years
Count 5 - 2-10 years 

At the sentencing Jane's sister and mother addressed Bob, both expressing their love for Jane and their joy in knowing he will be spending his life in prison. 

"I will spend my life with my husband raising our son and watching over Jane's family in her absence, and I will do it with a clear conscience and a pure heart knowing that I have honored my sister," said Jane's sister Julie Rowe. "And all of it - every moment - will be all the more sweet knowing that you are uncomfortable, miserable, alone and in prison where you belong for the rest of your pathetic life."

VIDEO: You can watch a replay of their statements and the sentencing in the video player above. Court begins around the 41-minute mark. 
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Bob also spoke at the sentencing, choking back tears as he proclaimed his innocence. 

The 57-year-old Bashara is a former Rotary Club president who operated a sex dungeon below a bar.
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