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UncaRastus
01-06-2016, 05:54 PM
We have been through this, already, here on the MTF. However, a new twist to the story:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/01/06/marine-convicted-killing-transgender-filipino-appeals/78345118/

MANILA, Philippines — A U.S. Marine has asked a Philippine court to reverse his conviction in the killing of a transgender Filipino and sought a bail and a reduction of his six to 12-year jail term, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores said she would insist that her client, Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, did not kill Jennifer Laude in a motel room after they met in a disco bar in October 2014 and that his sentence should be eased because he surrendered to authorities.

In December a judge convicted Pemberton of homicide, not the more serious charge of murder as prosecutors sought — and sentenced him to a lighter jail term than what the victim's family sought.

The regional trial court judge in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, said she downgraded the charge because conditions such as cruelty and treachery had not been proven.

The court will start to hear Pemberton's appeal on Thursday.

Marine Corps Times

Thoughts?