Federal grand jury indicts Louis Coleman, Rhode Island man charged in Jassy Correia case

If found guilty, he could either serve a mandatory life sentence in prison or receive the death penalty, officials say.

 Louis D. Coleman III.
Louis D. Coleman III. –Delaware AG

Louis Coleman III, the Rhode Island man who prosecutors say is responsible for the kidnapping and death of 23-year-old Jassy Correia, was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

Arrested in Delaware in February, Coleman, 32, was indicted on one count of kidnapping resulting in death, according to Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office.

The Providence resident was initially arrested on the same charge through a criminal complaint. He appeared in Boston federal court last month where he waived his rights to a preliminary hearing.

Coleman, who remains in custody, could either serve a mandatory life sentence in prison or receive the death penalty, if found guilty, according to prosecutors.

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A date for an arraignment on the indictment charge had not yet been scheduled as of early Thursday afternoon.

Authorities allege Coleman met Correia, a Lynn mother, at a Boston nightclub the night she was last seen alive, early on Feb. 24.

Surveillance video reviewed by investigators from Coleman’s apartment shows him later exiting his car and returning with a blanket, officials said.

“He then walked from the car to the front of the building carrying a body with long hair and clothing consistent with the description of Ms. Correia,” a statement from Lelling’s office said. “Once he entered the building, surveillance video showed Coleman dropping the victim on the floor and dragging her towards the elevator, and subsequently towards his apartment unit. The victim was not moving and her body was limp.”

Days later, on Feb. 28, police pulled Coleman over on Interstate 95 in Delaware. Authorities found Correia’s body in his trunk.