Louis Coleman guilty of kidnapping, murder of Boston mom

Louis Coleman guilty of kidnapping, murder of Boston mom

A Rhode Island man was convicted of kidnapping a Boston mom from a nightclub and killing her after she thought he would drive her to a friend’s place.

Louis Coleman III was found guilty by a federal jury on Wednesday for the 2019 slaying of 23-year-old Jassy Correia, despite Googling multiple ways to cover up the murder after he strangled her to death, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced Wednesday.

First Assistant US Attorney Joshua Levy said Correia was a “vibrant young woman” who was tricked by a “predator.”

“He tricked Ms. Correia into believing he would give her a ride and instead he held her against her will, sexually assaulted her, murdered her and engaged in a massive cover up,” he said in a statement. “Although this conviction cannot 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 single day.”

Coleman faces life in prison, the federal requirement in a case like this.

Correia, the mother of a 2-year-old at the time, was out for her birthday on Feb. 24, 2019 with friends in downtown Boston. Just after 2 a.m. she became separated from her friends and tried to hitch a ride home in an Uber XL. The Uber driver, who was waiting for another group in front of the club, pushed her out of his car, causing her to stumble on the sidewalk.

Drunk, alone and barefoot, Correia was approached by Coleman, prosecutors said, who offered her a ride to her friend’s apartment.

Coleman drove a short distance from the nightclub and then parked his car for 12 minutes, surveillance footage indicated.

Video captured also showed Coleman drive to his Providence, Rhode Island apartment and get out of his car without Correia. Shortly after, he returned with a blanket and slung her body over his shoulder and then dragged her to an elevator in his building, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Jassy Correia, daughter
Jassy Correia was kidnapped outside of a Boston nightclub in 2019.

In the days that followed, the feds said Coleman frantically Googled things like, “how to pull a tooth out that’s not loose;” “can a person fit inside a suitcase;” “buy dumpster;” “oil barrel;” “how to clean for embalming;” “turkey baster;” and “target sanitizing bleach.” He also ordered multiple items to help cover up the murder.

In the wee hours of Feb. 28, 2019, Coleman was caught on video wheeling a suitcase with the victim’s body inside and lifting it into his trunk before driving out of state.

He was eventually pulled over later that day by Delaware authorities who ordered him of the car and asked him if anyone was with him. He replied, “She’s in the trunk,” authorities said.

“This crime was senseless and horrific, and there is no question today’s verdict is just. No excuse can justify the savagery committed by this man who will face life behind bars,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, the FBI’s special agent in charge for Boston.

Correia’s body was in the fetal position and had bruising, a bloodied face and was bound with duct tape covered in baking soda. There’s evidence to suggest she was also sexually assaulted, authorities said.

Also recovered from Coleman’s car were several items that appeared to be part of his cover-up, including a pair of new long-handled loppers, as well as the laptop and hard drive he used for all his Google searches, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

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