A Philippine court on Tuesday offered a plea bargain to a US marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina, according to lawyers, in a case that has strained Philippine-US ties.
This is an opportunity for the detained marine, Lance Corporal Joseph Pemberton to avoid a murder trial that could land him in prison for 40 years if convicted, a state prosecutor and lawyers for the victim’s family said.
Meanwhile, the mother of murdered Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude is open to a P21-million settlement from American suspect Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, according to a media report aired on “24 Oras” on Thursday.
“Siyempre, nanay ako. Hinahanap ko rin ‘nung buhay ‘yung anak ko, kahit papano, sa akin man lang pang-gamot, merong suporta. Nawala yung anak ko, nawala rin yung tulong sa akin. Kahit man lang panggamot,” Julita Laude said in the report.
An unnamed source also said that in addition to the P21 million, the family of slain Filipino transgender is also seeking a confession from Pemberton, who is currently detained at a US facility inside Camp Aguinaldo.