April 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm EDT | by Staff reports
U.S. Marine’s sentence reduced in trans murder
Joseph Pemberton, gay news, Washington Blade

Lance Cpl. Joseph Pemberton (Photo courtesy of the Olongapo City Police)

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines — A Philippine judge has reduced the sentence of a U.S. Marine who was convicted of killing a transgender woman.

The Philippine Star reported that Judge Roline Jines-Jabalde of the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 on March 29 reduced Lance Cpl. Joseph Pemberton’s sentence from 12 to 10 years in prison. The newspaper said that the court rejected his appeal of his conviction.

A court late last year found Pemberton guilty of killing Jennifer Laude in 2014.

Prosecutors contend that Pemberton met Laude at a nightclub while his ship was docked at the Subic Bay Freeport, which is adjacent to Olongapo City on the Philippines main island of Luzon. The court convicted him of strangling Laude in a motel room and forcing her head into a toilet bowl.

Laude’s death sparked outrage among Philippine LGBT rights advocates. It also highlighted opposition to the U.S. military presence in the island archipelago.

LGBT National Day of Outrage, Philippines, gay news, Washington Blade

Philippine LGBT rights advocates on Oct. 25, 2014, took part in an “LGBT National Day of Outrage” protest in Quezon City, Philippines, to highlight their outrage over Jennifer Laude’s murder. (Photo courtesy of Dindi Tan)

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  • Why is it that marines are so blind they can’t tell trans women yet when they realize that the beautiful woman was born male they automatically commit murder.

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