- The Pemberton camp is eyeing the Supreme Court to appeal the recent CA ruling
- The US soldier’s lawyer said they will need to read the CA decision to lay the grounds for their motion for reconsideration
- Pemberton was also ordered to pay the Laude family P4.32 million for loss of earning capacity
MANILA, Philippines – The lawyers of US Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton may soon elevate the homicide case at the Supreme Court if the Court of Appeals (CA) declared with finality its decision to uphold the ruling of a lower court convicting the American soldier of homicide in the death of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude.
Early this week, the CA rejected Pemberton’s appeal to overturn the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 decision convicting him of homicide, but reduced the sentence to a maximum of 10 years from the previous 6-12 years imprisonment.
“We will know the grounds [for the motion for reconsideration] upon reading the decision of the CA,” said Pemberton’s legal counsel, Atty. Rowena Garcia-Flores.
In its ruling, the CA ordered Pemberton to pay the Laude family P30,000 in exemplary damages, while moral damages and civil indemnity were increased from P50,000 each to P75,000 each.
“Further, Pemberton shall pay interest at the rate of six percent (6%) per annum on all civil liability from the finality of this Decision until fully paid,” the ruling stated.
Jennifer Laude was found dead inside a motel room in Olongapo City last October 11, 2014; hours after meeting Pemberton at a bar. The American was the last person seen with the victim before her death due to asphyxiation.
Pemberton is currently behind bars at the detention facility in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Camp Aguinaldo while the trial is being heard.