Pleau Pleads Guilty in Federal Court, Avoids Death Penalty

Jul 31, 2013

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.

Jason Pleau wore khaki colored prison clothes to court.  Answering in yes’s and no’s, he indicated that he understood that a guilty plea meant that he would spend the rest of his life in prison.  Pleau admitted conspiring with two other men to rob  Woonsocket gas station manager David Main as he was about to make a deposit.  Pleau grabbed his deposit bag and shot him in the head.  Main died later at Rhode Island Hospital.

The victim’s sisters sniffled in court as their brother’s ordeal was recounted. Later, outside court,  Main’s sister, Heather Hitchen, said she was satisfied with the outcome of the case. “Well he’s going away for life and he’ll be in there forever so that’s it. He won’t harm anybody else,” Hitchen said. “We can try to find some closure.”

Pleau will be sentenced October 25th but the sentence is already pre-ordained: life without the possibility of parole.

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