This Marine is in some hot water after being charged with killing a Filipino woman who he found out was born a man.

Daily Mail – A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino woman after finding out she had been born a man, has had his $500,000 offer to plead guilty rejected by her family.

Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, whose body was discovered in a motel room in Olongapo City on October 11.

The deal would have seen him admit to the killing in exchange for having the charge downgraded from murder to homicide, which comes with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years instead of 40.

But the family angrily rejected Pemberton’s plea bargain offer at the start of his trial today, which is proceeding as the marine has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Prosecutor Emilie Fe de los Santos told reporters that Pemberton’s lawyers had made an offer to settle the case, but no agreement was reached by today so the trial began as planned.

De los Santos gave no details about the plea bargain offer.

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