The murder case that pitted Gov. Lincoln Chafee against federal prosecutors over the issue of the death penalty has been closed with a life prison sentence for Jason Pleau, who shot and killed a Woonsocket gas station manager in 2010.
Pleau was sentenced to life without parole in U.S. District Court by Judge William E. Smith. Pleau, 35, of Providence, shot David Main at close range as Main approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket bank where he was to have deposited the gas station receipts.
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.
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.
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.
The pre-trial legal wrangling over accused killer Jason Pleau took on new dimensions Wednesday when his attorney told a federal judge the death penalty is unconstitutional and should be taken off the table in his case. Pleau is one of three people charged with the killing of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main in 2010.
(PROVIDENCE, RI) The attorneys for accused killer Jason Pleau are seeking to have him serve out his state sentence before any federal proceedings take place. Pleau is currently under federal custody, but he wants to go back into state custody.