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R.I. murder suspect to be tried in federal court

An appeals court ruled Monday that a man being held in Rhode Island on a murder charge is to face federal charges, and a possible death sentence, despite efforts by Rhode Island’s governor to keep the case under state jurisdiction, according to court documents.

Jason W. Pleau, who allegedly robbed and fatally shot a gas station clerk in Woonsocket in September 2010, had been stuck between Governor Lincoln Chafee’s refusal to release him and federal authorities’ effort to charge him. Chafee was seeking to avoid the possibility of the death penalty for Pleau. Capital punishment is a federal option but is not permitted under state law.

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