US to seek death penalty for RI man in legal fight


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorneys for an inmate at the center of a legal battle between Rhode Island's governor and federal prosecutors say they're disappointed with plans by federal authorities to see the death penalty.

Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island filed court papers Monday saying they plan to seek the death penalty for 34-year-old Jason Pleau (PLEW). He's accused of fatally shooting a gas station manager outside a bank in 2010. Not guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf.

Defense attorney David Hoose says he's disappointed "but not terribly surprised" by the decision.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) has been fighting since June 2011 to prevent Pleau from being prosecuted in federal court, where a death penalty prosecution could be pursued. Rhode Island doesn't have capital punishment.

A Chafee spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

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