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Louis Coleman III sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and death of Jassy Correia


Louis Coleman III will spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnapping and death of Jassy Correia.

A jury in the federal courthouse in Boston’s Seaport convicted Coleman in June of kidnapping resulting in Correia’s death. On Tuesday, U.S. Chief District Court Judge Dennis Saylor IV sentenced Coleman to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“Jassy Correia was a vibrant and beautiful 22-year-old woman and mother of a toddler daughter,” First Assistance U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Joshua Levy wrote in a statement following the sentence. “By his depravity and his horrific disregard for Ms. Correia’s life, Louis Coleman forfeited his right to live free in society.”

Correia went out on the cold winter late the night of Feb. 23, 2019, with friends to celebrate her upcoming 23rd birthday. Some arguments ensued during the celebrations in the waning hour of the Venu nightclub and Correia did not leave in her friend’s car, as intended. Instead, she was kicked out of an Uber that wasn’t for her and had the unfortunate luck of encountering Coleman, who offered a helping hand.

Surveillance cameras facing the parking lot of Coleman’s Providence apartment building would be the next to see Correia, at around 4:23 a.m. Her limp body was slung over Coleman’s shoulder as he dragged her — her festive jumper slipping down her torso — through the lobby, into the elevator and then down the hallway to his sixth-floor apartment.

It was at this moment in the trial, on the third day, that finally broke the composure of Correia’s family, the Herald reported.

“Coleman lured her into his car, confined her there, sexually assaulted her, strangled her to death, and transported her across the state lines to Rhode Island, all against Jassy’s will,” wrote Kenneth G. Shine, one of the prosecutors, summarized in his Oct. 5 sentencing memo.

“Jassy’s body was found four days after her birthday celebration, nearly 350 miles away, in Delaware — bound in duct tape, folded into a fetal position, stuffed in a suitcase, in the trunk of a car being driven by Coleman,” Shine continued.

Hard physical evidence led the prosecution’s case.

Surveillance footage tracked nearly ever major event in the case, from the moment Correia stepped in line to the club to the tense moments caught from the dashcam of Delaware State Police Trooper Hasan Halis as he chased down Coleman’s red Buick Regal sedan and then the moment police popped the trunk and found a suitcase that contained Correia’s body.


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