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. Nickelass

    That wiped the stupid grin off his face. He won't last 2 years in that place.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mrkeno

      2 years if hes not isolated he wont last 10 minutes
      remember what happened to dahamer when they put him i general population
      is there any doubt that he killed the holloway girl

      January 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      he's been in there for almost two years already

      January 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mrlgh

    Is it just me or does it look like they've been feeding him pretty well there? Maybe Gen Pop likes their bones with a little meat on em... ;)

    January 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Burbank

    Hopefully one of the other prisoners will bump him off while he's in there since the world will be a better and safer place without him in it. A psychopathic serial murderer like that should never be allowed to go free – ever!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • regnarg

      10-4 that

      January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      So, let me get this straight....so, you'll be happy when one prisoner offs another, as in the rest of the prisoner population deserves to still be around, but this one doesn't?? You make no sense at all.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rubes

    Yay! They got it right!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bob

    That was some plea deal. 28 years instead of 30...lol

    January 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. kjame

    Urine will get what he deserves in prison....HA HA HA HA!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. dfsfsdf

    People are forgetting that he will be a free man when he is 52 years old. On average he has 3 more decades of life to live after his release. This women and Natalee are dead because of him. This pathetic human being should have life in prison with no possiblity of parole.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Kira

    Still not enough time....he better pray he dies soon..or they will have a feast on him in jail.....pratice bending over buddy!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. NoDoubt

    Well, I'm glad he's going away for a long time. Hopefully by the time they let him out he will be too weak/ sick to do anyone else any harm.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. deeznuts

    That dude got off light. Only 28 years for murder and robbery?? Bring his ass to Texas and lets do it the right way.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Maurice

    My condolences to the Flores & Holloway's Family now they can put this behind them & move forward, For Joran he got what he deserves, But I will not judge hiim he needs to get RIGHT WITH GOD!!!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dan

    I'm really puzzled. He does not look very happy. I would have thought that that plea deal would have been pretty sweet.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Goodgodman

    Finally some sort of justice. 28 years in prison for murder is far too lenient of a term to serve; however, knowing the type of degenerates that will be his prisionmates serves as a form of solace. He won't survive that long. This man is truly the paradigm of evil.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. hov

    im very ashamed to say this, but he wont have a hard time in jail...currently idk why, if its his money that he is buying people over...his cell contains a 42 inch plasma lcd screen, blu ray dvd player..and a high tech phone with internet included.....he wants to stay in...so the us doesnt take him....for the other charges....sadly in his prison time in peru he is living large....

    January 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Johnny K

    He will be butt fucced HARD then have his head chopped off. I guarantee it. I will be killed in less then a year. HHHEEHHHEE Fuc face

    January 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      he's already been there almost 2 years. So much for your guarantee

      January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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