Driver in Woonsocket robbery seeks to withdraw plea

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The getaway driver in a deadly robbery and shooting in Woonsocket is now seeking to withdraw his plea.

According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, Jose Santiago is arguing that he was not properly informed of the consequences of his decision to plead guilty.

Santiago was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of David Main, but his lawyer claims the judge did not advise him of mandatory minimum penalties, as required by federal rules.

Jason Pleau, who for months was at the center of a capital punishment tug-of-war between Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the federal government, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting Main to death.

Kelley Lajoie, 33, who acted as a lookout in the crime, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison in February.

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