U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
July 15, 2013
Jason Pleau to Plead Guilty as Charged in Federal Indictment
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – According to a signed Plea Agreement filed today in U.S. District Court in Providence, Jason W. Pleau, 35, will plead guilty as charged by way of a federal indictment for the robbery and murder of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main. It is alleged that Pleau robbed and shot Mr. Main on September 20, 2010, as he attempted to enter a Woonsocket bank to deposit receipts belonging to the gas station that he managed.
As required by the United States Attorneys’ Manual, the Attorney General has approved the filing of a Plea Agreement in this matter and the withdrawal of the Notice of Intent to Seek a Sentence of Death against the defendant: http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/10mcrm.htm#9-10.150
According to the court filing, Mr. Pleau will plead guilty as charged by way of an indictment returned on December 14, 2010, 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.
An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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