US Marine Guilty Of Killing Transgender Woman

You may remember some time ago, there were reports that a US Marine had admitted to choking a transgender woman in the Philippines.

Now, a court in the Philippines has found Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of killing Jennifer Laude in a hotel room in Olongapo city.

Pemberton is looking at a sentence between six and 12 years of imprisonment.

Pemberton was in the Philippines on leave in October 2014, following joint military exercises with the Philippine army, and met Jennifer in a bar.

It was found by investigators that they left the bar together and checked into a hotel, where her body was found the next day. She had been strangled and left with her head inside the hotel toilet.

This is despite claims by Pemberton  that he did attack Jennifer when he realised she was transgender, but was still alive when he left the room.

Also, Pemberton was only sentenced to homicide when the prosecution was pushing for a murder conviction.  However, he was also ordered to pay 4.5 million pesos ($95,350; £63,140) to Jennifer’s family.

Malou, who is Jennifer’s sister, had this to say: “We expected a murder conviction but instead got homicide. We are not content with the decision.”

Meanwhile, her mother Julita Caliban said: “No amount of money could pay for the years I spent raising my child. What they did to my child was gruesome. Just because we are poor doesn’t mean we can’t fight for justice.”

The marine will be held temporarily in a Philippines jail until the US and Philippine governments agree on where he will serve his sentence.

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US Marine Guilty Of Killing Transgender Woman
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US Marine Guilty Of Killing Transgender Woman
Joseph Scott Pemberton has been found guilty of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude.