The President of Philippines Pardoned the US Marine Who Murdered a Transgender Woman

Joseph Pemberton is set free after spending less than 6 years in prison for strangling and drowning a trans woman.

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ leader, pardoned a U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for his murder of a trans woman.

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They accused Pemberton of murdering Jennifer Laude in 2015. He met a woman at a bar while on service leave near Olongapo, Philippines. The court believed Joseph had paid Laude for sexual services and then strangled and drowned her in a toilet after realizing she was trans. This happened on October 11th 2014.

The sentence initially called to imprison Pemberton for up to 12 years, then they expected him to stay in jail for a decade. Now, the Marine will be released after spending less than six years behind bars.

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Good behavior was the reason for a release according to reports, though Laude’s relatives petitioned the lawyers to leave Pemberton in prison.

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As a U.S. military member, Pemberton remained in U.S. custody and served all of his jail time in an American-operated prison facility in the Philippines. Nothing is clear about the terms of his release and the return to the United States so far.


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