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. peachroses56

    This young man is really, really deranged. He killed the Peruvian woman on the very anniversary of the day Natalie vanished. He is soooo vicious and cruel. If he confessed to killing the woman in the hotel, why doesn't he confess to killing Natalie? We know he did. He could tell her parents where her body is so they can have a bit of closure.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    you mean they should have tossed him in jail despite not having any evidence? You're a real genius.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • leahwi

      His father helped him destroy the evidence, and look up how long it was before a search of his home was executed. You wouldn't want this kind of police work performed if you were experiencing the crisis of a missing child, or would you?

      January 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Clean

      The Dad got his too via the heart attack..... God's Justice!

      January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • awaysaway

      If you credit God with the (justice) death of the father, then you have to credit God with the death of the girls. God is very strange.

      January 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LC

    In the law of Peru, what happen if the person does not possess the funds to repair the family of the victim? does he get more jail time? is that a symbolic sum?.. As from what i see, that criminal will walk out of prison in less than 10 years.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GoFaster58

    What was found on his computer if anything?

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • flyonthewall

      Good question........I was wondering the same myself.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • leahwi

      Yes...what was found? If there was something SO threatening to him, then the Holloway case would have progressed since this crime occurred, right? I'm sure Peru would have turned that evidence over. And as I've wondered many times: wouldn't his laptop have been set to his native language, dutch? Stephany knew dutch? No. He just killed her in cold blood–not that killing her for finding evidence of killing another girl in cold blood is any colder...

      January 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. robocop

    good thing he doesn't live in mississippi haley barbour would have pardoned him too!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    But he can get time off for good behavior

    January 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rudy

    Hold your tongues and consider that this young man is somebody's kid; a kid who in a moment of panick killed another kid. Yes he should be punished but the vindictiveness in the air tells us more about ourselves than about this young man. There is no credible evidence that he killed Hallway and that is the reason he was not charged in Aruba. Offer this man the same fairness that you would expect to receive when in trouble.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      "There is no credible evidence that he killed Hallway and that is the reason he was not charged in Aruba." The only reason he got away there is that her body wasn't found. She's been declared dead, so he may be indicted for the crime now, but I'd let him rot in Peru. No way he'll survive five years.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • edwin

      hello... you must have not followed the whole story... the reason he wasn't charged with anything in aruba was because his father was a very influential judge and his godfather was the chief of police there.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • leahwi

      You are defending/pitying him due to "moment of panic"? What would he have had to panic about, if not evidence of killing Holloway? I don't believe there was anything on his laptop, regardless, but you apparently believe that–and then you are feeling sorry for him having done something so bad he would panic over it enough that he would bludgeon/strangle another girl to death? Are you the idiot doctor old enough to be his mother that is infatuated with him in disguise?

      January 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. B. J. Van Etten

    Well that will be some time before he can go out for dinner, I hope that his hotel, stay will be approprretly for his crime!
    B. J.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jellylee2020

    The cost for raising a daughter to 18 years of age is only $75K in Peru? Make this pig work and pay $75K to the parents of this poor girl every year for 18 years and then we'll discuss payments for emotional traumas after that.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ART

    What a waste of a human being,he's almost as offensive as Michelle Bauchman

    January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. flyonthewall

    He kind of resembles the Monster in Frankenstein. Don't understand why any young girl would willingly go anywhere with this guy.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spence

    Rudy – your analysis is beyond idotic! This guy's parents helped cover up the fact that he was involved in Halloway's murder; consequently, they are also complicit in the murder of Stephany Flores.

    Open your eyes you moron. The guy is a piece of excrement and should rot accordingly for the rest of his adult life!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Urinating Marine

    He should be shot and peed on.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. missy m

    Karma is karma and you always reap what you sow..One thing is for certain at least their justice system works. If he survives it he will be out at 52 years old. In retrospect both of those women could of had lives with husbands and children eventually they would be in their early fifties when Joran gets out. Again he gets out they are dead. Sad reality even sadder is the family that are left behind to cope with the anniversary of their deaths.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sherry Powell

    I wish there was some kind of virtual reality we could put these maniacs through so that they have to live through what they did to other people. Over and over again until they break. Just stick them on a bed, tie them down and feed them through a tube. It would also be cheaper.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      In this country we pass laws prescribing the length of imprisonment and size of fine, and we stick to those laws. Luckily, Peru isn't as picky as we are, and he's in a cold prison with bad food and scary inmates.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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