Pleau to be sentenced to life for Woonsocket homicide

Pleau to be sentenced to life for Woonsocket homicide

WOONSOCKET – The man who shot and killed gas station attendant David Main in 2010 will serve life in prison, according to a plea deal worked out this week in U.S. District Court.

Jason Pleau pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm in a crime of violence, accepting the sentence of life without parole. During the Sept. 2010 crime, Pleau reportedly conspired to rob and shoot Main, who was making a deposit at Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road for the Shell station that he managed. The agreement states that Pleau worked with Jose Santiago and Kelley Lajoie in the crime, in which the trio made off with more the $12,000.

The plea brings an end to a battle between state and federal government over the potential sentence of capital punishment. Gov. Lincoln Chafee initially fought to keep Pleau out of federal court under the premise that a Rhode Island resident should not be subject to the death penalty, a sentence not used in the state since 1845. In exchange for the guilty plea, that sentence has been taken off the table by federal prosecutors.

Pleau will not officially be sentenced until Oct. 25, but the punishment of life without the possibility of parole is pre-ordained as part of the agreement.