Supreme Court refuses to hear Jason Pleau case

Jan 14, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The U-S Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case of accused killer Jason Pleau.   This means the case against  Pleau can move forward in a federal court.  

Reacting to today’s decision by the Supreme Court, United States Attorney Peter Neronha says in a prepared statement “I am obviously pleased with the decision of the United States Supreme Court.”   Neronha goes on to state this means Rhode Island must surrender Pleau to stand trial in federal court.

Pleau is facing federal charges of gunning down a gas station manager back in 2010.  He had been serving time in Rhode Island’s prison system for violating parole in a separate case.

Initially Governor Lincoln Chafee refused to turn over Pleau citing the state’s opposition to the death penalty.  In asking the Supreme Court to consider who should have custody, Rhode Island argued that the federal government is violating a legal agreement that authorizes the state to deny a request to transfer a prisoner.

One of Pleau's attorneys,  Jeffrey Fisher says that Pleau is currently in a federal facility in Rhode Island.

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