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Federal Judge clears the way for death penalty in Pleau case

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

A Federal District Court Judge has ruled that U.S. attorneys can seek the death penalty in the murder trial for Jason Pleau.

Judge William Smith rejected Pleau's attorney's arguments that the death penalty is unconstitutional in Rhode Island.

The Judge said that the federal death penalty can be imposed in Federal Court in states that do not authorize the death penalty.

Pleau's attorney also challenged several of the alleged aggravating factors in the crime that would qualify him for the death penalty but the Judge rejected the challenge.

Pleau is accused of gunning down gas station manager David Main, outside a Woonsocket bank in 2010.

Governor Chafee has been outspoken in his opposition to the death penalty in the case however the United States Supreme Court declined to hear Chafee's custody appeal.

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