Pleau to be tranferred to federal custody Wednesday
Posted: 5/30/2012 8:43:56 AM
A legal tug-of-war continues as federal prosecutors will take custody of Jason Pleau, an accused murderer and bank robber, to arraign him on federal charges.
The feds had a victory in the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals on May 7 when the court ruled that the government has jurisdiction over Pleau. Pleau is charged with shooting and killing gas station manager David Main outside a Woonsocket bank in 2010. Governor Lincoln Chafee wanted to keep Pleau in state custody because if tried by the feds he may face the death penalty. Chafee has been a strong opponent against the death penalty. Chafee also asserts that there are significant states rights issues involved in this case and has the support of the National Association of Governors.
On Tuesday U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith issued a writ ordering Pleau to appear for an arraignment at 3 p.m. today. Pleau is currently being held at the ACI but after the arraignment he will be transferred to state custody.
Chafee said he plans to appeal the appeals court decision to the United State Supreme Court.Dee DeQuattro | WPRO News
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