Pleau sentenced to life without parole

Pleau sentenced to life without parole

PROVIDENCE - Jason Pleau was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence Friday to life in federal prison without the possibility of release for the murder and robbery of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main. Pleau chased, shot and robbed Main on Sept. 20, 2010, as he approached the doorstep of a Woonsocket bank where he was to have deposited receipts belonging to the gas station that he managed.

Pleau pleaded guilty on July 31 to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act robbery, and carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, death resulting. He pleaded guilty as charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Dec. 14, 2010.

Pleau’s sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge William Smith, was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin; Colonel Steven O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Carey, and Vincent Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.

Jose Santiago, 36, formerly of Springfield, Mass., a co-defendant in the matter, pleaded guilty on Sept. 5, 2013, to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act robbery, and carrying, using, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, death resulting. Santiago is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 9, 2014.

A third defendant in the matter, Kelly Marie Lajoie, 35, formerly of Springfield, Mass., pleaded guilty on Dec. 9, 2011, to Hobbs Act conspiracy, aiding and abetting a Hobbs Act robbery, and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adi Goldstein and William Ferland and Trial Attorney Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss of the Criminal Division's Capital Case Section.

The matter was investigated by the Woonsocket Police Department, Rhode Island State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.