January 13th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years in prison for Peru murder

Joran van der Sloot on Friday was sentenced to 28 years in a Peruvian prison for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

With credit for time served, his sentence would end on June 10, 2038.

He was also ordered to pay about $74,500 to the victim's family.

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old Dutch national confessed to the charges of "qualified murder" and simple robbery.

It was an apparent attempt to win a more lenient sentence, using a plea called an "anticipated conclusion of the process" under Peruvian law.

Under sentencing guidelines, the panel of judges could have ordered van der Sloot imprisoned for as much as 30 years.

Police say van der Sloot murdered Flores in his Lima hotel room in May 2010, then took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile, where he was arrested a few days later.

Investigators believe he killed the Peruvian woman after she found something related to the case of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway on van der Sloot's computer while she was visiting him in his hotel room.

Van der Sloot was among the last people seen with Holloway, 18, before she went missing on the island of Aruba in 2005. He was detained twice, but never charged, in Holloway's disappearance.

The girl's body has never been found.

Alabama Probate Judge Alan King on Thursday signed an order declaring Holloway legally dead.

Van der Sloot faces possible extradition to the United States in a matter tied to Holloway's disappearance and her family.

In June 2010, a federal grand jury in Alabama indicted him on charges of wire fraud and extortion after allegations surfaced that he tried to extort $250,000 from Holloway's mother, Beth. Van der Sloot offered to provide what turned out to be bogus information about the whereabouts of Holloway's remains in exchange for the money, according to the indictment.

He was allegedly given a total of $25,000, and authorities believe he used that money to travel to Peru and participate in a poker tournament, where he met Flores.

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  1. Buster Bloodvessel

    He's ugly and the prison dressed him funny.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathy

    he is ugly....why anyone would go with him is beyond me. YUK

    January 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Perry Fisher

      Permit me to answer your question,,,,,,,,,,,,he gas a big d ick,,,,,,,,,

      January 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cDuff

    Who's laughing now you tricky****! Arrogance got what it deserved you clown! High five to the Judges' decision! To Natalie's parents.....may you celebrate his natural decline behind prison walls. To Stephany's parents, hopefully you have contacts in the prison that have the ability to 'console' Joran in his time of needed support. Wish I could watch.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angela

    Its about time he faces consequences for his actions. This is the 1st time I have seen any sort of reaction from him this only because he couldn't lie anymore the evidence was to overwhelming. I hope he spends the next 28 years of his life reflecting on those he has hurt and when thats over the US can have their turn with him. I hope for all womens safety this monster never steps out of prison unless its in a pine box.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danstermeister

      I bet pine-box shoes are difficult and uncomfortable to wear when stepping out of any establishment.

      January 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      I can see him now, with his head, arms and feet sticking out of the pine box as he marches down the street calling "Bring out the women!"

      January 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dedee

    From the look on his face and the head shaking I think it is clear he thought the judge would go for the manslaughter/5year sentence thing. At least some justice has been done in this case.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I can't help but wonder what would have happened had he been afforded American Justice. We might be past the preliminary hearing stage by now if his case were on trial here. Not to mention, if we gave him the chair he would be sitting on death row long enough for people to change their stories and the bleeding hearts to come out of the woodwork demanding his release.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam101

      If he was in this country, he'd be walking now and married to Casey Anthony. In this country, the murdering POS would have never served a day.

      January 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kandy085

    I was hoping he would get life.maybe when he gets brought to the usa,he will be put in prison for 30 more yrs.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Not so smug now is he? In your FACE, van der sh!t.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam101

    He seemed surprised. Did you see him go "whoo" after the sentence. He murdered at least two young women and can't believe his sentence. He acts like he's the victim. He has no idea of the heartache he's perpetrated against so many people or that they will grieve to the last day of thier lives.
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    He only cares about himself and his sentence. My God, the monster has no idea what he's done. He just wants out of prison to continue to abuse and torture others for his own amusement.
    My dear God. Evil is alive in this world.

    January 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AndyM

    First off, why is this even a story? Second, he will be silently released in 5 years or less, and no one will know and/or care.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sharkfeeder

    Wait a minute. I thought the prospect of jail time in a South American prison was something to be feared? Then I read that this cat has a 42 inch flat screen TV, Blu Ray, and Internet in his cell. They need to transfer this dude to Abu Ghraib or Guantanimo.

    January 14, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    Hot Nat's parents are finally partying right now since this overgrown molester is finally locked up for a while; god knows they spent enough time and bucks on their spring-breakin' (or whatever it was) daughters so-called disappearance. One can only immagine conditions in their prisons. Fact is, he has a psych problem and probably would have used that as a defense here in the states. One less to fret about.

    January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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