It took a while, but a verdict has finally been reached in the Jennifer Laude murder case in the Philippines.
The good news is that US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Pemberton has been found guilty of killing Laude by the Olongapo Regional Trial Court. The bad news it was for homicide instead of first degree murder.
Looks like he parlayed the ‘trans panic’ defense into reduced charges and time in jail. He was sentenced to 6-12 years in a Philippine prison for it with credit for time already served.
WTF? Pemberton admitted during his August testimony that he choked her unconscious after finding out that she was trans feminine during a sexual encounter in a motel on October 11, 2014. He claimed Laude was alive when he left her in the hotel room, but she was found with her head dunked in a toilet bowl.
Laude’s mother Julita stated in an interview that while she is pleased the verdict detailed everything that happened that night, she was not pleased about the sentence and hoped Pemberton would be found guilty of murder.
But she said, “The important thing is he will be jailed.”
Yeah, but I’m still not happy Pemberton is only getting 12 years for killing one of our sisters.