US Marine guilty of killing transgender Filipino
Dec 1, Manila: A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a US marine of killing of a transgender woman last year.
Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton killed the woman after 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.
Pemberton will face between six and 12 years imprisonment.
According to media reports, the case has strained ties between the US and the Philippines, a former US colony where the Americans have a significant military presence.
Pemberton was also ordered to pay at least 4.5 million pesos ($95,350; £63,140) to Laude's family.
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 more serious crime than homicide, AP news reported.
The marine was on leave in Olongapo on 11 October 2014, after joint military exercises with the Philippine army, when he met Ms Laude - previously known as Jeffrey - in a bar.
Police said that they left together and checked into a hotel, where she was found dead the next day, apparently strangled and with her head inside the hotel toilet.
The case has led to calls from left-wing groups for the Philippines to end its military agreements with the US.
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