WOONSOCKET – A Providence man accused in the robbery and shooting death of gas station manager David D. Main outside Citizens Bank last fall has been sentenced to serve 18 years for violating his probation in connection with prior armed robberies.
Pleau, 33, was the gunman in a three-way conspiracy to the rob Main, 49, as he was depositing receipts from the nearby Shell station where he worked on Sept. 20, according to federal prosecutors.
Investigators say Pleau made off with a deposit bag containing some $12,000 and later divvied up the money with Jose A. Santiago, 34, and Santiago's girlfriend, Kelly M. Lajoie, 32, former Woonsocket residents who had recently moved to Springfield, Mass., at the time of the murder. All three of the alleged conspirators have been indicted on federal charges of armed robbery, conspiracy and murder – crimes for which the government says it may seek the death penalty.
Federal prosecutors say that after shooting Main a few feet outside the front door of the Diamond Hill Road bank, he ran through the woods to the parking lot of nearby Plaza Village housing complex. There, he met Santiago, who was waiting for him in a box truck used as the getaway vehicle. They knew Main was on his way to the bank with the weekend's deposits that Monday after receiving a phone call from Lajoie, who had staked out the Shell station to track Main's activities.
At the time of the homicide, Pleau had been on parole for burglary, felonious assault and the armed robberies of two convenience stores in Woonsocket, AJ's Mini Mart and Leo's Store.
In 1997, he pleaded no contest to the charges and was sentenced to 30 years, with 12 to serve and 18 years suspended, with probation.
On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Kristin Rogers ordered Pleau to serve the full portion of the sentenced that had previously been suspended because of the defendant's alleged complicity in the murder and robbery, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said.
Pleau will be held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, where he has been imprisoned since he was arrested a few days after Main's killing.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney's office continues preparing for a trial against Pleau and his alleged conspirators on the murder and robbery charges.
“We continue to move forward with those charges,” said Jim Martin, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.