A U.S. Marine has been convicted by a court in the Philippines in the death of a transgender woman, reports USA Today.
Pemberton strangled Laude after picking her up at a bar and later discovering she was a transgender woman. Prosecutors also say Pemberton dunked Laude’s head into a toilet bowl.
Laude’s mother, Julita Cabillan, express happiness about the verdict, but was disappointed in the sentence.
You can read about how the case has renewed a controversy about America’s military presence in the Philippines in USA Today.