BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Louis Coleman III has been found guilty of the kidnapping that resulted in the death of Jassy Correia in 2019.
Correia went missing after going out to a birthday party in Boston on Feb. 24, 2019. She was seen on surveillance footage leaving a club called Venu with Coleman and getting into his car. Coleman had tricked Correia into thinking he was going to give the 23-year-old a ride to her friend's apartment but instead drove back to his home, where he sexually assaulted and killed her.
Coleman was pulled over by police in Delaware four days later and officers found Correia's body inside a suitcase in the trunk of his vehicle. He now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Coleman will not face the death penalty after prosecutors decided last year to not pursue capital punishment.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy spoke on the verdict and said his heart is heavy for Correia's family, especially her four-year-old daughter.
"Although this conviction will not bring Jassy back, it brings some measure of justice to her loving family who must face a devastating void every single day of their lives," Levy said.
Correia's father spoke after the verdict through a translator and said it hurts to have lost Jassy and thanked the police and the prosecutors for getting justice for his daughter.
Coleman will be sentenced in September.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.