Homicide conviction

U.S. Marine guilty of killing transgender woman in Philippines

US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton (R) is escorted by Philippines policemen. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Philippines court has convicted US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton of killing a transgender woman who was found strangled in a hotel room last year. Pemberton was in the Philippines for a joint military exercise, and met the victim, Jeffrey Laude — also known as Jennifer —  at a local bar before the two checked into a nearby hotel. In August, he had told police that a fight had erupted in the hotel room when he discovered she was a transgender woman, but asserted she was still alive when he left her in the shower. Lawyers for the Laude family however said she had been drowned in a toilet and was already dead when Pemberton left her.  The judge found him guilty of homicide, and sentenced him to six to twelve years in a Philippine jail. Laude’s mother was unhappy with the sentence, saying she hoped he had been convicted of murder rather than homicide.“But the important thing is he will be jailed,” she said. “My son’s life is not wasted.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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