Lookout in deadly bank robbery gets 15½ years

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A woman charged in connection with a deadly shooting outside a Woonsocket bank has been sentenced.

Kelly Lajoie, 33, of Chicopee, Massachusetts was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison Wednesday morning.

Lajoie admitted that she conspired with co-defendants Jason Pleau and Jose Santiago in the robbery and killing of gas station manager David Main outside a Citizens Bank branch in Woonsocket back in September 2010.

Lajoie said she acted as the look-out and alerted Pleau when Main was leaving the gas station to make a deposit at the bank, so Pleau could rob him.

At that point, Lajoie says she drove to an apartment in Providence where she, Pleau, and Santiago, the accused getaway driver, agreed to meet after the hold-up.  Meanwhile, prosecutors say Pleau shot and killed David Main and stole his deposit bag containing $12,542 in cash.

Lajoie told the court that she met up with Pleau and Santiago later that day and they split the money.

In December 2011, Lajoie pleaded guilty Friday to Hobbs Act conspiracy, aiding and abetting a Hobbs Act robbery, and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

Jason Pleau has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role. Jose Santiago was sentenced to forty years behind bars.

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