Pleau to Plead Guilty; Avoid Death Penalty

Jul 31, 2013

The man at the center of a legal tug-of-war between the state and federal governments over the imposition of the death penalty is scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday that will send him to prison for the rest of his life.  Jason Pleau has agreed to change his plea to guilty to avoid capital punishment.

Nearly three years ago, Jason Pleau shot Woonsocket gas station manager David Main in the head and stole 12-thousand dollars from him.  Wednesday, Pleau is scheduled to plead guilty to robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm in a crime of violence. 

Pleau has been at the center of a legal custody battle between the U.S. Government which wanted to seek the death penalty and the state of Rhode Island, which repudiated capital punishment long ago. The state lost that battle but in the end, federal prosecutors agreed to drop their demand for the death penalty in exchange for life in prison without parole.

Both sides have agreed to that sentence. 

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