Peter Nerohna http://ripr.org en Rhode Island Developer Baccari Indicted http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-developer-baccari-indicted <p>Noted Rhode Island developer Richard Baccari has been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.</p><p>The federal prosecutors allege that Baccari paid $50,000 in bribes to North Providence political leaders to purchase their votes to win a town zoning change to clear the path for development of a Stop &amp; Shop supermarket.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Dave Fallon to dissect the charges against Baccari.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:28:11 +0000 Scott MacKay & Dave Fallon 23691 at http://ripr.org Defendant Pleads Guilty For Role In Woonsocket Murder http://ripr.org/post/defendant-pleads-guilty-role-woonsocket-murder <p>One of three suspects in the murder of a Woonsocket gas station manager has pleaded guilty to his role in the crime.</p><p>Jose Santiago entered the guilty plea Thursday during jury selection. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said no deals were cut to secure the plea.</p><p>"He came in and pled guilty to all the charges. There’s no plea arrangement with Mr. Santiago. He pled guilty and we will recommend what we believe is the appropriate sentence at sentencing," said Nerohna.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:55:48 +0000 Flo Jonic 21248 at http://ripr.org Pleau Pleads Guilty in Federal Court, Avoids Death Penalty http://ripr.org/post/pleau-pleads-guilty-federal-court-avoids-death-penalty <p>A Rhode Island man at the center of a capital punishment battle between the state and federal government has changed his plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 19317 at http://ripr.org Chafee death penalty controversy ends with a whimper http://ripr.org/post/chafee-death-penalty-controversy-ends-whimper <p>The death penalty contretemps between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the usual gang of talk show babblers and assorted right-wing nuts has ended with a raft of sound and fury…signifying not much.</p><p>Citing Rhode Island’s long tradition of opposition to the death penalty, Chafee argued against the death penalty for Jason Wayne Pleau, who in 2010 robbed, shot and killed David Main, the manager of a Woonsocket gas station.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:29:03 +0000 Scott MacKay 19089 at http://ripr.org U.S. Attorney Takes Death Penalty off the Table for Jason Pleau, Who will Plead Guilty http://ripr.org/post/us-attorney-takes-death-penalty-table-jason-pleau-who-will-plead-guilty <p>The man at the center of a legal tug-of-war between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the U.S. Attorney’s office over the death penalty will plead guilty to murder charges and will not face the death penalty.</p><p>U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha’s office says 35-year-old Jason Pleau will plead guilty by way of a federal indictment for the 2010 robbery and murder of a Woonsocket gas station manager. And as part of a plea deal his office will not seek a death sentence. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:59:17 +0000 Catherine Welch 19081 at http://ripr.org Ringleader of Navy Kickback Scheme Pleads Guilty http://ripr.org/post/ringleader-navy-kickback-scheme-pleads-guilty <p>The architect of a scheme to defraud the U.S. Navy of millions of dollars has pleaded guilty to three felonies that could send him to prison for years.&nbsp;</p><p>Ralph Mariano, a former civilian employee at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal government property, the theft of government property and tax evasion.&nbsp; He faces up to 20 years in prison and $600,000 in fines at his sentencing September 5<sup>th</sup>.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:13:46 +0000 Flo Jonic 16086 at http://ripr.org Ringleader of Navy Kickback Scheme Pleads Guilty