Pemberton pays Laude kin P4.6M in damages
OLONGAPO CITY, Zambales, Philippines — Convicted US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton on Wednesday paid the family of slain transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude P4,655,250 in civil damages.
The payment was made after Pemberton withdrew the appeal of his conviction in the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores, Pemberton’s counsel, handed a check to Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde of the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 here.
The American serviceman was ordered to pay P4.3 million for loss of earning capacity of Laude when he was sentenced to imprisonment of six to 10 years for the killing.
He was also fined P30,000 for exemplary damages and P50,000 each for civil indemnity and moral damages. Laude was found dead in a motel in this city on Oct. 11, 2014. Pemberton admitted in court that he choked and killed Laude.
—Joanna Rose Aglibot
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