WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't stop the federal government from claiming a Rhode Island inmate who will face the death penalty if convicted of murder.
The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Jason Pleau and the state of Rhode Island. Pleau is charged with killing a Woonsocket, R.I., gas station manager in 2010. He's currently in federal custody and faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee had refused to turn over Pleau to federal authorities, citing the state's rejection of the death penalty. But an appeals court has ruled the state must surrender Pleau to federal officials, despite the state's insistence that the federal government is violating a legal agreement that authorizes the state to deny a request to transfer a prisoner.