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U.S. Marine convicted in killing of transgender Filipino woman

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 00:54

U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton has been sentenced in the Philippines, to between six and 12 years in prison after being convicted of killing a transgender woman. Linda So reports.

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U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is escorted out of a Philippine courtroom. He was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of killing a transgender Filipino woman. Jeffrey Laude, also known as Jennifer, was found strangled last October in a hotel outside a former U.S. Navy base near Manila. Pemberton had earlier admitted in court to choking, but not killing Laude. He claimed he acted in self-defense after he discovered a man was giving him oral sex, not a woman. The case reignited debate over the presence of American soldiers on Philippine soil. Following the conviction, Pemberton was escorted back to a U.S.-run detention facility inside the Philippine military's national headquarters where he will temporarily be detained. Pemberton has the right to appeal the verdict and sentence.

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U.S. Marine convicted in killing of transgender Filipino woman

Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 00:54