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Get-a-way driver in Main murder case pleads guilty

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

The getaway driver in the David Main murder case has entered a guilty plea.

On Thursday morning, Jose Santiago, the man accused of driving Jason Pleau to a Woonsocket bank where he shot and killed gas station manager David Main made a deal with federal prosecutors. He agreed to plead guilty to the charges of robbery, conspiracy, and using a firearm in a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say Santiago waited for Pleau in a truck and drove him away from the scene after the murder. The pair then met with the third suspect, Kelly Lajoie and split the money.

Santiago is set to be sentenced on November 22.

The case garnered a lot of attention when Governor Lincoln Chafee traded barbs with Federal Prosecutors on whether Pleau should face the death penalty. The Federal Government ultimately won the legal tug-of-war when the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear the appeal from the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the government was given custody over Pleau.

In July, Pleau made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to first degree murder in order to avoid the death penalty. Lajoie, a third suspect also pleaded guilty.

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