David Main http://ripr.org en Jason Pleau Sentenced to Life In Prison http://ripr.org/post/jason-pleau-sentenced-life-prison <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> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:25:13 +0000 Flo Jonic 19350 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