September 2, 2020

Philippines court orders US marine who killed transgender woman to be freed

Manila (AFP) – A US Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines has been ordered freed on the grounds of good conduct after serving half his maximum 10-year sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday.Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has been in detention since the October 2014 motel killing of Jennifer Laude after he met her at a bar while on a break from joint military exercises in the northern city of Olongapo.A court ruled Tuesday that Pemberton — held in a special jail at the Philippine military headquarters in Manila —¬†qualified for early release, his Filipina lawye…


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