INTERNATIONAL: U.S. Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipina after discovering her gender

INTERNATIONAL: U.S. Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipina after discovering her gender
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel in the Philippines while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country.

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl in the hotel they had checked into after meeting in a disco bar in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. He was sentenced to 6-12 years in jail, with time spent in detention credited, said court clerk Gerry Gruspe.

Laude’s mother, Julita, said that while she was happy the verdict detailed everything that had transpired, she was not pleased with the jail term because she had hoped Penderton would be found guilty of murder, a graver crime.

“But the important thing is he will be jailed,” she said. “My son’s life is not wasted.”

Outside the courthouse, a small number of left-wing activists rejoiced but warned that they would closely watch to ensure Pemberton is detained in a Philippine jail, as the judge ordered.



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  1. Am i supposed to feel sorry for the transgender ? You dont lie about such a thing. what you get take. let him to upfront what he is buying. not everybody is into that. he probably had aids too.


  2. probation maybe g.w.december says it right on...............let the customer know what they are buying some people like cat not everybody like meat balls


  3. I made comments about this regarding Trickery to none the wiser prospective husbands in the story of Transgender's receiving a WOMB in 5 years time, some of you may have read them. SEE what is happening now, it will continue when Heterosexual men are made to look a FOOL, especially as HUSBANDS. I am truly sorry for the loss of life but I can understand the shock and anger of the deceived man. We can no longer take a persons word as gospel, we need medical proof and that takes TIME. Don't tell lies, you will be accepted or rejected without this happening.


  4. A little word of advise to all transgenders out there: no one can take away the fact that, you are indeed human, from you. Like everyone else you have your rights and your freedoms. In all of that understand however a significant number in society have a problem with that gender. More specifically understand for years society had little to no regard for your gender and that's what it taught. Some of us have moved away from that way of thinking. Some profess to have moved away from that way of thinking because it is the politically correct thing to do. There is a significant number who are still firm in the old trend of thought. The one thing you cannot do is to impose your way of life on them. It will take time for the rejection of transgenders to be eradicated. Given time I think society will become more tolerant. At the same time don't assume everyone like you in-spite of your gender. It would be prudent to declare your gender on the onset of your relationships. This probably avert a whole of grief for both of you and or loved ones.


  5. Murder is never a justified cause but there has to also be a crime for deceiving someone into having sex under false pretense of gender. This sort of thing (transgender murders due to deception) is rapidly increasing. Over the last year I have read many cases of men killing other men because the men discovered they were having or about to have sex with another man. If the man is not gay DO NOT TRICK HIM into liking or having sex with you. You are literally asking to be killed. Tell him straight up what you are. CHoopZ


  6. That is a difficult go-pwel to deal with when you discover that the woman your brought to your room was once a man.


  7. it is wrong to kill some one but i wont say this person deserved it but let that be a warning for transgender people ( i am not lashing out at them just giving a word of advice for future) out there to be careful who they date because it is obvious that this solider mistook jennifer for a real woman, after all you are portraying all these physical attributes of a real woman but deep down in your self you know you were a man so it would be much better if you would stick to your own like other transgenders out there or lesbian and gay and not go have realationships with straight people unless that straight person aproves of who you are and doesnt mind cause if i were one of these people i would never go up to a straight person cause most straight people dont like transgender gay or lesbian and if i did go up to one or if a straight person came to me i would ask them what they think about lgbt people and if they would have a relationship with one and based on their answer i would stay or go


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