Feds take lead in charging Louis Coleman, which could mean death sentence

US Attorney Andrew Lelling announced today his office is charging Louis Coleman III of Providence for the murder of Jassy Correia, 23, of Dorchester. The decision to charge Coleman in federal court on a charge of kidnapping resulting in death means that Coleman could face the death sentence if found guilty.

At a press conference today, Lelling said it appears Correia died from "blunt-force trauma and strangulation."

He did not specify when she might have died, but said surveillance video showed Coleman carrying "a body" into his Providence apartment around 4 a.m. on Sunday, or about two hours after other video showed Correia and him getting into his red car a few blocks away from Venu in the Theater District. He added that credit-card data from Venu showed that Coleman had been in the club that night, as had Correia.

Lelling said it appears Correia put up a struggle: Coleman had scratches on his face when arrested on I-95 in Delaware and that his car had cracks on the front windshield on the passenger side.

He continued that before leaving Providence, Coleman went to a nearby Walmart and brought a variety of supplies that included duct tape, safety googles, breathing masks and an outfit of the sort one might wear during disposal of hazardous materials.

He said Coleman wrapped her body in a couch cover, put it in a plastic garbage bag, then put that in a suitcase, which he then hefted into the trunk of his car on Thursday.

Lelling said that, despite the initial charges, Correia's body - naked, bound with duct tape and covered in baking soda - was not mutilated. In addition to her body, Lelling said, police found supplies that might be used to cut and burn her body - and to clean up the remains.

He added that it makes sense for Coleman to be tried in Boston because the crime started here and because Correia's family and community deserve justice.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said she supported the decision to have Coleman prosecuted federally. "Her family, Boston and our Cape Verdean community deserve the chance to see justice done in the city they call home." She added that the federal charges do not rule out her office bringing additional charges.

Innocent, etc.



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Prior record?

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Does Coleman have a prior record, but I just haven't heard about it yet? I can't wrap my mind around how it's possible for someone to do what is alleged here, while staying clear of the law for the first 32 years of their life.



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He's done this before and didn't get caught, or maybe he just snapped. It's horrible what he did to her and I feel terrible for her family and her daughter.


Lots of killers are first time killers, let alone the various serial killers who don't get caught for decades.

wrong name in sentence starting "He did not specify..."

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You switched their names, "He did not specify when she might have died, but said surveillance video showed Correia carrying "a body" into his Providence apartment around 4 a.m. on Sunday..."

You meant Coleman, right?!


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I'm waiting on that, too. Someone stated on here but I have not tried to verify it that he was employed as an engineer at Raytheon. Can't help but want at least a clue as to what the fuck he is about.

It's in the Globe

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It's in the Globe piece I cited, a few entries above this.

"Louis David Coleman, III {}

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"Louis David Coleman, III {} moved to Providence and took up a systems engineering position at Raytheon in 2017. In Providence, Coleman was living the good life earning an estimated salary of $70,000 or more, according to the jobs website Glassdoor. The 32-year-old California native lived in a premium apartment in the Jewelry District — a neighborhood that attracts young professionals, students, and retirees who want to live in the city.

California Roots; Before moving to Providence, GoLocal has learned that he lived in Harbor City, California. The neighborhood is a diverse community in the Los Angeles harbor region — it has a population of 36,000. Coleman's personal website says that the attended California State University Long Beach -- a school with over 37,000 students. Prior to Harbor City, Coleman claimed to live in Los Alamitos, California — a town of just 11,000 located in Orange County.

Individuals with first-hand knowledge say Coleman is 6-feet tall and weighs about 200 or more pounds. He is a man more than 90 pounds larger than the petite Corriea {}

WBZ spoke to a member of the Coleman family who told the station, “Growing up he was always (someone) that everyone wanted to be like, he had all the games, all the toys, he grew up in a nice house.” The family member who agreed to be interviewed but was not identified says he grew up with Coleman and he comes from a good family and has a Master’s Degree in physics. {}

Coleman self-described himself on his website as “Louis Coleman — Developer, Engineer, Physicist.”
“Louis Coleman encourages clients to rethink their design, process, and service by helping them break free from preconceived ideas, refresh team creativity with solutions that make the final product and research highly competitive, and maximize savings passed on to consumers by helping management minimize project risk,” states his website.

But, GoLocal has learned that previous to working at Raytheon, Coleman drove for the ride-sharing company Lyft.

AUGUST 2012 Bachelor of Science
Inspired by the beautify of the universe and always wondering how things worked lead Louis to pursue and graduate with a degree in physics. His love of computers pushed him to learn about programming and his curious nature guided him to biomedical and electrical engineering electives during his undergraduate degree.

NOVEMBER 2013 Sleep Counter App
Dreaming of helping millions of people pushed him to use knowledge obtained during his degree program to help those with insomnia. A problem that has sometimes life threatening consequences!

2016 Master of Science
Graduated in experimental physics!

JUNE 2016 Sleep Counter: Mobile/Wearable App Release
Project will be released to the public after extensive beta testing! Get ready! Better sleep starts now.

Can this seriously be tried in Boston?

It is highly unlikely he'll receive a fair trial. Given a chance, I'll argue for the death penalty as a juror in this case. He's innocent until proven guilty, but people like me already "know" he's guilty.

I've been wondering about

I've been wondering about this too. I feel so deeply for Jassy Correira's family. This is all so horrifying.

I spent a few sleepless nights reading federal appellate court briefs online and came across the appeal from Dzohar Tsarnaev's lawyers re: inability to get a fair trial in Boston. The appeal was denied, IIRC.

If anything maybe the Tsarnaev case and appeal ruling would be a sufficient legal precedent for trying the case against Coleman here in Boston.

P.S. I keep thinking that maybe this guy had something to do with Karina Holmer's (still unsolved) murder in the 90s.

I keep thinking that maybe

I keep thinking that maybe this guy had something to do with Karina Holmer's (still unsolved) murder in the 90s.

Coleman? He would have been around 10 years old when that occurred.

Quoth Amanda Palmer: "Just my luck, they found an upper half..."

Ehh, Charles Manson was 6 years old when he was manipulating other (FIRST GRADE) students to physically assault other (FIRST GRADE) students.

"It was amazing how the patterns of his later life were evident right away. Six years old first grade he's talking the girls in his class into beating up boys he doesn't like. Then when the principal comes to ask Charlie, 'Why did you do that?' Charlie's response is, 'It wasn't me; they were doing what they wanted. You can't blame me for that.' The exact same defense he uses all those years later in the Tate-LaBianca trial."

Sociopathy is a horrifying kind of precociousness.

I think that's an overblown fear

If the crime is horrific and lurid enough, it doesn't matter if he was tried in Fresno- the jury is going to immediately be pretty set again a guy who killed a young mother, etc... Unless this has been misreported, there's a lot of evidence implicating him regardless of the media coverage and local feelings.

The Tsarnev trial is a tougher one than this and again, he would have been convicted anywhere.

Cage match

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Betweem this guy and the sleaze from Charlestown that kidnapped the other young woman. Winner gets to spend his life in prison.

Oh I see....

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You're one of those people that thinks death is worse than rotting in prison for 50 years. The death penalty will only be appealed for the next 20 years to "save his life" costing taxpayers the same if not more money in litigating those appeals. Look at Ted Bundy, guy stuck around for decades after they gave him death. Just toss him in jail and throw away the key and hope he eventually finds a shoelace and a little free time.

Please show your work

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Decades of death penalty sentences have demonstrated only that it is a great way to not pay out settlements for wrongful prosecution and conviction given the extremely common prosecutorial blood lust.

You might want to look up the reasons why Massachusetts and New Hampshire and other enlightened states do not have one before sating your urges to murder.

I do believe

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The other anon stated an opinion, based on their personal beliefs. Showing one’s work does not apply.