US Marine found guilty of killing transgender woman in Philippines, sentenced to six to 12 years

Darren Wee |

US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton has been found guilty of homicide in the death of a transgender woman in the Philippines on 11 October last year.

The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court on Tuesday (1 December) sentenced the 20-year-old Massachusetts native to six to 12 years imprisonment.

He had faced a murder charge, which carries a 40-year sentence.

Pemberton was convicted of strangling 26-year-old Jennifer Laude, then drowning her in the toilet of a motel they had checked into after meeting at a bar in Olongapo, where he was stationed.


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