THE Olongapo Regional Trial Court (RTC) has reduced the sentence of United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for killing transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude.
Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde of the Olongapo RTC branch 74 denied on Monday Pemberton's motion for reconsideration but has reduced the US marine officer's maximum sentence.
From 12 years, the court reduced Pemberton's maximum sentence to 10 years.
Pemberton, in his motion for reconsideration, requested that his sentence be reduced considering the justifying circumstances of his case.
The decision said Pemberton should get a minimum sentence of six years and a maximum sentence of 10 years with full credit for the period of his preventive imprisonment pursuant to Article 29 of the Revised Penal Code.
The court also denied Pemberton's appeal for bail. It said that since Pemberton is already convicted, he has no right to bail.
Pemberton was convicted of homicide for killing Laude on October 11, 2014. (Sunnex)