Prosecutors say Bob Bashara paid a hit-man to kill his wife Jane in early 2012 so he could live the life of a bondage "master". Jurors agreed after listening to more than 70 witnesses in a trial that lasted eight weeks, and Bashara was found guilty of first-degree murder, among other charges, in December of 2014.
His wife, Jane, was found dead in early 2012 in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley.
The 57-year-old Bashara is a former Rotary Club president who operated a sex dungeon below the Hard Luck Lounge in Grosse Pointe Park.
He now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
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Court was in session shortly before 10 a.m. and Bashara chose to make some remarks on his own. Judge Vonda Evans halted the hearing until later Thursday morning to give Bashara a chance to read a pre-sentence report.
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