Defendant Pleads Guilty For Role In Woonsocket Murder

Sep 6, 2013

One of three suspects in the murder of a Woonsocket gas station manager has pleaded guilty to his role in the crime.

Jose Santiago entered the guilty plea Thursday during jury selection. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said no deals were cut to secure the plea.

"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.

One of Santiago’s co-defendants Jason Pleau became the subject of a legal tug of war between the state and federal governments over the imposition of the death penalty. In the end, Pleau agreed to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.

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