Jury reaches verdict for man accused in woman's kidnapping death

Jury reaches verdict for man accused in woman’s kidnapping death

A federal jury has found a Rhode Island man guilty of kidnapping and killing a young Massachusetts mother who was out with friends celebrating her birthday in 2019. Louis Coleman III, 36, of Providence, was charged with of kidnapping resulting in the death of 23- year-old Jassy Correia, of Dorchester.The jury returned the verdict in its second day of deliberations at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.”This individual now is a criminal. He doesn’t have the right to be in the society, “said Correia’s father, Joaquim Correia. “This is satisfactory to me.””As soon as they say he’s guilty, we all stand up and scream. For the win of justice,” said Correia’s brother Joel Correia. The charge carries the possibility of the death penalty or a sentence of life in prison.Correia was last seen leaving Venu nightclub on Warrenton Street in Boston, where she was celebrating her 23rd birthday with three friends, in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2019.Boston police said Correia was seen on surveillance video with Coleman shortly after leaving the nightclub. Coleman lured Correia into his car by promising her a ride home, then sexually assaulted her and strangled her, Assistant US Attorney Robert Richardson told jurors in his closing statements on Tuesday. “She was tricked into going with him and getting into the car. That was not valid consent,” he said. Coleman was later captured on surveillance video dragging her body into his Providence apartment and then researched how to dispose of the body, prosecutors said. On Fe b. 28, 2019, Coleman was taken into custody along Interstate 95 south near Wilmington, Delaware, just hours after he was named a suspect in Correia’s kidnapping by Boston police.”Louis D. Coleman III was found guilty by a jury of tricking Jassy into believing that he was going to give her a ride back to her friend’s apartment, and, instead, holding her against her will, sexually assaulting her, strangling her to death,” First Assistant US Attorney Joshua Levy.Law enforcement officers who stopped Coleman’s vehicle on I-95 found Correia’s body in the trunk.The cause of Correia’s death appeared to be strangulation and blunt force trauma, investigators said. Correia was the aggressor.”I think there are a lot of issues on appeal. We had a lot of motions that were denied by Judge Saylor, we had a lot of oral requests for certain evidence to be admitted, certain evidence to be excluded,” said defense attorney Jane Peachy. Correia was the mother of a daughter, Gabriella, who was 2 years old at the time of her death, according to the woman’s family.

A federal jury has found a Rhode Island man guilty of kidnapping and killing a young Massachusetts mother who was out with friends celebrating her birthday in 2019.

Louis Coleman III, 36, of Providence, was charged with of kidnapping resulting in the death of 23-year-old Jassy Correia, of Dorchester.

The jury returned the verdict in its second day of deliberations at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.

“This individual now is a criminal. He doesn’t have the right to be in the society,” said Correia’s father, Joaquim Correia. “This is satisfactory to me.”

“As soon as they say he’s guilty, we all stand up and scream. For the win of justice,” said Correia’s brother Joel Correia.

The charge carries the possibility of the death penalty or a sentence of life in prison.

Correia was last seen leaving Venu nightclub on Warrenton Street in Boston, where she was celebrating her 23rd birthday with three friends, in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2019.

Boston police said Correia was seen on surveillance video with Coleman shortly after leaving the nightclub.

Coleman lured Correia into his car by promising her a ride home, then sexually assaulted her and strangled her, Assistant US Attorney Robert Richardson told jurors in his closing statements on Tuesday.

“She was tricked into going with him and getting into the car. That was not valid consent,” he said.

Coleman was later captured on surveillance video dragging her body into his Providence apartment and then researched how to dispose of the body, prosecutors said.

On Feb. 28, 2019, Coleman was taken into custody along Interstate 95 south near Wilmington, Delaware, just hours after he was named a suspect in Correia’s kidnapping by Boston police.

“Louis D. Coleman III was found guilty by a jury of tricking Jassy into believing that he was going to give her a ride back to her friend’s apartment, and, instead, holding her against her will, sexually assaulting her, strangling her to death ,” First Assistant US Attorney Joshua Levy.

Law enforcement officers who stopped Coleman’s vehicle on I-95 found Correia’s body in the trunk. The cause of Correia’s death appeared to be strangulation and blunt force trauma, investigators said.

Coleman’s defense attorneys claim Correia’s death was the result of a physical fight between the two parties inside a vehicle, and that Correia was the aggressor.

“I think there are a lot of issues on appeal. We had a lot of motions that were denied by Judge Saylor, we had a lot of oral requests for certain evidence to be admitted, certain evidence to be excluded,” said defense attorney Jane Peachy.

Correia was the mother of a daughter, Gabriella, who was 2 years old at the time of her death, according to the woman’s family.

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