Homicide

Life sentence without parole next for Detroit-area bondage 'master' convicted in wife's death

  • FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo, Robert Bashara sits in court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Bashara was convicted of arranging the murder of his wife so he could live the life of a bondage “master” is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. He is returning to Wayne County court Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, about a month after his conviction and nearly three years after Jane Bashara was found dead in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo, Robert Bashara sits in court at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Bashara was convicted of arranging the murder of his wife so he could live the life of a bondage “master” is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. He is returning to Wayne County court Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, about a month after his conviction and nearly three years after Jane Bashara was found dead in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bob Bashara closes his eyes during his sentencing at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.  A judge sentenced the former Rotary Club president to life in prison Thursday for arranging his wife’s killing so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Bob Bashara closes his eyes during his sentencing at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. A judge sentenced the former Rotary Club president to life in prison Thursday for arranging his wife’s killing so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Bob Bashara closes his eyes during his sentencing at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.  A judge sentenced the former Rotary Club president to life in prison Thursday for arranging his wife’s killing so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Bob Bashara closes his eyes during his sentencing at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. A judge sentenced the former Rotary Club president to life in prison Thursday for arranging his wife’s killing so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

A Detroit-area man convicted of arranging the murder of his wife so he could live the life of a bondage "master" is facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Bob Bashara is returning to Wayne County court Thursday, about a month after his conviction and nearly three years after Jane Bashara was found dead in her Mercedes-Benz in a Detroit alley.

Bashara was strangled by a handyman at the couple's Grosse Pointe Park home. Prosecutors said Bob Bashara wanted his wife out of the way so he could have a lifestyle of bondage and domination with women who called him "Master Bob."

The 57-year-old Bashara is a former Rotary Club president who had a sex dungeon below the Hard Luck Lounge in Grosse Pointe Park.