A U.S. Supreme Court justice has refused a request by Gov. Lincoln Chafee to delay the surrender of a Rhode Island inmate to federal authorities.
Justice Stephen Breyer rejected the request from Chafee and lawyers for 34-year-old Jason Pleau on Thursday.
Chafee has refused to surrender Pleau to federal authorities, saying they want to try him so that the death penalty is a possible punishment. Rhode Island doesn’t have capital punishment.
Pleau is accused of shooting a man outside a bank in 2010. The 1st U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this month that Pleau may stand trial in federal court. The appeals panel’s written order will be filed on Tuesday.
Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says he’s pleased with the decision.