Jason Pleau

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.

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.

Jason Pleau Sentenced to Life In Prison

Aug 1, 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.

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.

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. 

The death penalty contretemps between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the usual gang of talk show babblers and assorted right-wing nuts has ended with a raft of sound and fury…signifying not much.

Citing Rhode Island’s long tradition of opposition to the death penalty, Chafee argued against the death penalty for Jason Wayne Pleau, who in 2010 robbed, shot and killed David Main, the manager of a Woonsocket gas station.

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 US Supreme Court has decided not to hear the custody case of accused killer Jason Pleau.  Pleau had been fighting a transfer from  Rhode Island’s prison system to federal custody to stand trial for murder.
    
Stanford law professor Jeffrey Fisher worked with Pleau’s legal team.  Fisher is disappointed with the Supreme Court decision.

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.

Photo of US Supreme Court building
Mike Renlund via Flickr

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Attorneys for accused killer Jason Pleau  are hopeful that Friday is the day they will hear that the US Supreme Court will take their case. Pleau  is the subject of a debate as to whether Rhode Island has the right to refuse to hand him over to federal authorities. The legal wrangling centers on an agreement between states and the federal government when it comes to transporting detainees.

(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.