What a terrific and poignant character revelation for Pava Lar'ragos. Here we see a man genuinely trying to change his ways and aspiring to be more than he used to be. Transform himself from a stone-cold killer to a starship captain and a man steered by his morales instead of his impulses.
And yes, of course, the easiest thing to do here would be to get rid of the Baron for once and for all. It would spare everyone from a great amount of heartache later. A true leader knows that the easy way is not always the right way. Kudos to Pava.