Bank murderer Jason Pleau will not face the death penalty

by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Jason Pleau will not face the death penalty.

The man who robbed and shot and killed David Main outside a Woonsocket back three year ago, has agreed to plead guilty to murder, in exchange for a life sentence.

Today people at the gas station Main used to manage were upset.

“I think it's a shame because he lost his life and his family will never see him again. This person (Pleau) is going to continue to live,” said Phillip Tanner who shops at the gas station where the victim worked.

In September 2010, David Main took the gas stations daily deposit and headed up the street to Citizens Bank, before noon.

He was gunned down as he was about to enter the bank.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said,

“The case of David Main's murder here and the arrest of Jason Pleau wasn't just a legal issue. It also became highly political going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Governor Chafee wanted Pleau tried in state court because Rhode Island does not have the death penalty. The governor lost.

Today, in a statement, he said his thoughts were with the victim's family.

Others agreed Pleau's sentence.

“Put him in prison for life. Whatever, you know? But he should be punished for what he did, right?” said Thelma Laforge of Woonsocket.

But Greg Gomes disagrees. He was a long time customers of David Main's

“I am surprised at the government because he took a life. Dave's life must have been worth something, you know? I think he (Pleau) should get the death penalty, because Dave got the death penalty,” said Gomes.

Jason Pleau is now 35.

Once he is sentenced, he will never be eligible for parole.