Joran Van Der Sloot Sentenced To 28 Years In Peru
Joran van der Sloot, the only suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, was sentenced today to 28 years in a Peruvian prison in the strangling death of Stephany Flores.
And now that Peru has settled its case, Holloway's family hopes that van der Sloot will be brought to the U.S. for trial.
John Kelly, the attorney for Beth Holloway, Natalee's mother, said that after van der Sloot's sentencing, "We anticipate that U.S. authorities will move quickly to bring him to Alabama to face pending federal charges and to answer for his past conduct in Aruba."
Van der Sloot is wanted by the FBI for alleged fraud and extortion.
In exchange for $25,000 from Beth Holloway, he allegedly promised to tell her where Natalee Holloway's body was. After the mother paid the money, van der Sloot pointed out a new house and said her body was encased in the foundation, a claim he later admitted was a lie.
Van der Sloot, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian businesswoman whom he killed on May 31, 2010, exactly five years after Holloway disappeared.
Van der Sloot's lawyer told the court earlier in the hearing that his client had killed Flores beacuse of the psychological trauma of being accused in the Holloway case.
"Yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely," he said Wednesday in court, according to The Associated Press. "I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad."
Prosecutors had asked for a 30 year sentence for first-degree murder and theft in Flores' case.
Flores, the 21-year-old daughter of a wealthy and influential Peruvian businessman and former star race car driver, was found strangled in van der Sloot's hotel room in 2010. The two had reportedly met at a Lima casino.
Van der Sloot, a Dutch national who lived in Aruba, fled Peru, but was arrested three days later in Chile.
He reportedly claimed in a confession shortly after the slaying that he'd killed Flores because she found information linking him to Holloway on his computer.
Van der Sloot had twice been arrested for the disappearance of Holloway, a 19-year-old from Alabama who vanished during a celebratory trip to Aruba with her senior class in May 2005.
Van der Sloot maintained that he'd left her on a beach, drunk. That's the last anyone has seen of her.