Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who you should all be fairly familiar with by now, was found guilty of homicide last month.
As you may remember, he was sentenced to six to twelve years imprisonment. Now, he is asking the Philippines court to reverse their decision.
Pemberton’s lawyer, Rowena Garcia-Flores, said to the Associated Press: “We’re going for an acquittal. He defended himself because he felt he was being conned but he did not kill Laude.”
If he cannot get an acquittal, Pemberton will be seeking a reduced sentence. The appeal hearing begins on Thursday.
As you probably know, Pemberton was convicted of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude, whom he strangled and then drowned in the toilet of a motel. He admitted to choking her, but claimed he acted in self defense.
He said at the time that Jennifer was performing oral sex on him when he realised she had a penis and became angry. Pemberton said he reacted this way because he felt like was being raped by another “man”.
Here’s hoping the courts don’t budge an inch on his sentence. If anything, Pemberton has gotten off lightly with the sentence he received, given that he was facing up to 40 years in prison.