Louis Coleman III convicted by federal jury of kidnapping causing death | USAO-MA

BOSTON – Louis D. Coleman III was found guilty today by a federal jury of the kidnapping and murder of Jassy Correia.

Coleman, 32, of Providence, RI, was convicted following a jury trial of the federal charge of kidnapping causing death. U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV set his sentence for September 22, 2022. Coleman was arrested and charged in March 2019 and later indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2019 .

“Justice was served today in this courthouse,” said First Assistant US Attorney Joshua S. Levy. “The victim in this case, Jassy Correia, was a dynamic young woman, mother, daughter, sister and friend. And the defendant, Louis Coleman, was a predator. He tricked Ms. Correia into thinking he would drive her away and instead held her against her will, sexually assaulted her, murdered her and engaged in a cover-up massive. While this sentencing may not bring Ms Correia back, today’s guilty verdict brings some measure of justice for her and her loving family who feel this devastating void every day. This case is the result of incredibly collaborative law enforcement efforts between local, state and federal agencies in three states – Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware. Thanks to their investigative work, the tireless efforts of the trial team, and the bravery of Ms. Correia’s family and friends, Louis Coleman has been held accountable and will remain in prison for the rest of his life.

“This crime was senseless and horrific, and there is no doubt that today’s verdict is just. No excuse can justify the savagery committed by this man who will face life behind bars,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division. “Together with the Boston and Providence Police Departments, the FBI has worked tirelessly to secure justice for Jassy, ​​a beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend. The lasting impact and trauma this man inflicted on his family can never be erased. Our hearts are with them today.

In the early morning hours of February 24, 2019, Ms. Correia, the victim, went out with friends to a downtown Boston nightclub to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Just after 2am, Ms Correia got separated from her friends and tried to get a ride from an idling Uber XL driver outside the nightclub. The driver was expecting a larger group and pushed Ms. Correia out of the car, and she tripped on the sidewalk. Seconds later, CCTV captured Coleman approaches the victim – who was alone, drunk, barefoot and without a winter coat – and takes both of her hands. Coleman offered to drive Ms. Correia back to her friend’s apartment.

After getting into the vehicle with Ms Correia, CCTV showed Coleman making a series of short turns before coming to a stop, a few blocks from where he originally parked, for around 12 minutes. Coleman then began driving south to his apartment in Providence.

Surveillance footage from the Coleman’s Providence building showed Coleman, at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, parking and exiting the vehicle, then returning shortly after with a blanket. He then walked from the car to the front of the building carrying the victim’s body slung over his shoulder. After entering the building, surveillance video showed Coleman dropping the victim to the floor and dragging her to the elevator and then back to her apartment.

In the days that followed, Coleman visited two car washes and his internet search history revealed that he had googled things like “how to pull a tooth that won’t move”; “Can a person fit in a suitcase?” “buy a dumpster;” “barrel of oil”; “how to clean for embalming;” “Baster turkey;” and “target disinfectant bleach”. Additionally, Coleman purchased a $150 air purifier, three 12-pound bags of baking soda, duct tape, 50-gallon garbage bags, personal protective equipment including full body suit, anti- odors, face masks, safety glasses, a 600-pound rated cart, three Tyvek suits and a large suitcase.

At 1:15 a.m. on February 28, 2019, Coleman brought a suitcase containing the victim’s body out of his apartment and into the parking lot where his vehicle was parked. Coleman appeared to struggle to lift the suitcase from the trunk of his car, before leaving at 4 a.m.

On the afternoon of February 28, 2019, Coleman’s vehicle was stopped by Delaware authorities on I-95 South near Wilmington, Del. Officers ordered Coleman out of the vehicle and asked if anyone else was in the vehicle with him, to which Coleman said, “She’s in the trunk.”

Officers discovered the victim’s body in the trunk of Coleman’s vehicle, bound with duct tape and in a fetal position inside a sofa cushion cover, which was inside a bag black trash can, stuffed into the suitcase Coleman was seen bringing into his apartment on February 1. 27, 2019. A sports bag, a pair of new long-handled loppers, plastic garbage bags, clothes, a red plastic gas tank, a green butane lighter, black gloves, purifiers charcoal air cleaner, air fresheners, tinted safety glasses, Walmart plastic bags, work towels, cloth work gloves, a new set of DeWalt pliers, a laptop computer, the hard drive/computer tower he was using to do his Google searches and disinfectant wipes were also recovered from Coleman’s vehicle. Two large cracks in the passenger-side windshield were found to contain both Coleman’s and Ms. Correia’s DNA.

The victim had significant bruising, a bloody face, was tied up with gray duct tape and covered in baking soda. The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be strangulation and found evidence consistent with sexual assault.

The charge of kidnapping causing death carries a death or life sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and the laws that govern sentencing in a criminal case.

Levy from the first assistant U.S. attorney; FBI Boston SAC Bonavolonta; Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long; Douglas Bartlett, acting U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden; Col. Melissa A. Zebley, Delaware State Police; and Col. Hugh T. Clements Jr., Chief of Police for the Providence Police Department, made the announcement today. The United States Attorney’s Office would also like to acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, and the Massachusetts State Police. . Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth G. Shine, Robert Richardson and Elianna Nuzum of the Major Crimes Unit are prosecuting the case.

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