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Pleau May Face Death if Convicted

The federal government announced today it will seek the death penalty against Jason W. Pleau, charged with murder in Woonsocket last year.


The federal government intends to seek the death penalty against Jason W. Pleau, accused of armed robbery and murder in Woonsocket last year.

Pleau was one of in the murder and robbery of David Main in front of Citizens Bank in Woonsocket last September. Main was shot at close range while attempting to make a deposit of more than $12,000 from the Shell gas station where he worked.

The federal government campained to handle the prosecution, which Gov. Lincoln Chafee resisted. But U.S. District Court. Chafee initially despite a federal indictment, stating that he could not risk allowing a Rhode Island resident to be subject to the death penalty. Although Rhode Island does not use the death penalty as punishment, a defendant can still receive the sentence for a federal capital crime.

Notice was filed with the U.S. District Court in Providence, today that the federal government indeed intends to seek the death penalty against Pleau, 34, of Providence, if convicted for his alleged participation in the conspiracy, and the armed robbery and shooting of Main, from Woonsocket.  Specifically, the United States will seek a sentence of death for count three of the indictment against Pleau which charges the defendant with possessing, using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Protocol for capital cases, including the process by which the government determines whether or not to seek the death penalty in a particular case, is contained in the U.S. Attorney’s Manual which may be viewed on the Department of Justice’s website at http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/10mcrm.htm

Dagny Taggart June 18, 2012 at 04:51 PM
This is the best news I have heard in a long time. He is a cold blooded killer of a wonderful, hard working Dad and husband. Why should he receive shelter from the Governor of our state? He should be tried for his crime and suffer the consequences as ruled by the judge and jury without their hands being tied to not be able to consider the death penalty. Let justice prevail without special treatment from the Governor.
Mr Farm St June 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
This needs to happen soon, and we in RI need to repeal our laws to bring back the death penalty for henious crimes against humanity, we need to feel safe knowing that criminals will pay, as right now they do whatever they want and then get out scott free and continue their criminal lives.
Tired Tax Payer June 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM
He no doubt should die for this. I was friends with him as a child and went to school with him for many years and to think he could do something so horrible is disgusting.

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