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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

October 25, 2013

Jason Pleau Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Murder and Robbery of David Main
Woonsocket gas station manager shot and robbed attempting to
deposit business receipts in a local bank  

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jason W. Pleau, 35, of Providence, R.I., was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to life in federal prison without the possibility of release for the murder and robbery of Woonsocket, R.I., gas station manager David D. Main. Pleau chased, shot at close range and robbed Mr. Main on September 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 pled guilty on July 31, 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. Pleau pled guilty as charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on December 14, 2010.

 Pleau’s sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith, was announced by United States Attorney Peter F.  Neronha; Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin; Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas S. Carey; and Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.

Jose A. Santiago, 36, formerly of Springfield, Mass., a co-defendant in this matter, pled guilty on September 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 January 9, 2014.

A third defendant in this matter, Kelly Marie Lajoie, 35, formerly of Springfield, Mass., pled guilty on December 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 J. 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.

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