Suspect Tries to Plead Guilty

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Greg Basolo is charged with three felonies--the worst is killing his father, and it comes with a life in prison sentence.

"Do you understand that?" Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of the 30th circuit court asked.

Yes. I do," said Basolo.

From the very start, he has candidly said he's responsible for his father's death.

"I did murder him," Basolo told the judge.

"Well, I understand you want to plead to that, I appreciate that," said Judge Aquilina.

The question is if he's competent-- both Wednesday and when his father, Peter Basolo, was killed.

"Do think you understand what's happening today?" the Judge asked in one way or another repeated. The bulk of the arraignment, which lasted about 25 minutes, was spent on determining Basolo's mental capacity.

Basolo's defense attorney said a plea isn't the best defense, and has been advising his client not to give a plea.

"To be charged with open murder-- first degree premeditated murder, there has to be some assurances that there has in fact some type of premeditation, or some type of legal mindset that would allow that," said Patrick Crowley, Basolo's attorney.

Basolo has a history of mental illness.

"The crux of the problem isn't today. He's on medication. He seems to know what he's doing," said Judge Rosemarie.

That might not have been the case two months ago, when one evaluator deemed him incompetent.

"Basically what she told me over the phone is she aired on the side of caution, since it was a murder case and that he came in, has acknowledged all along that he did this and has wanted to plead guilty from day one," said John DeWayne, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ingham County referring to what he understood about the first evaluation that found Basolo incompetent.

In court Wednesday, Basolo seemed willing to take the punishment.

"The idea is, what happened that day [Oct. 25]? That's the issue today. That's what I'm concerned about. And sir, you should be concerned about that." She said referring to Basolo.

He's being ordered to continue medication,,, and evaluation.

His defense attorney said the evaluation results should be available in four to six weeks. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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