Tuesday, December 1, 2015

U.S. Marine Convicted In Transgender Slaying During Shore Leave In Philippines

Seth Robson at Stars and Stripes reports on the conviction of a U.S. Marine in the Philippines.

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines — A U.S. Marine was convicted of homicide Tuesday for the slaying of a transgender woman whom he picked up while on shore leave.
Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was sentenced to six to 12 years in a Philippine prison and ordered to pay 4,655,250 pesos (about $100,000) in damages to the family of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, 26.
Pemberton had been charged with murder but was convicted of the lesser charge due to mitigating circumstances, including lack of premeditation and that he was intoxicated at the time.
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  1. Hmmm. I had no idea U.S. military were still visiting Subic Bay. As for the transgender people in P.I. (benny-boys), that was a well-known problem (and a surprise) for sailors and marines in the Vietnam Era, the heyday of Subic Bay -- Disneyland of the Pacific. Ah, it 'twas a very strange world!

  2. R.T.,

    I heard that the troops are not hitting the beach in the P.I. due to a risk-adverse Defense Department.