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. Lindsay

    Good, i hope by the time 28 years ends they find that he also killed Natalee and they just add on to his sentence even more! Or.. we can always just hope he gets taken care of in that Peruvian prison 😉

    January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moravian

      You are forgetting one third can be forgiven for good behavior.. Even so he is looking at 18+ yrs behing bars, which is appropriate (by civilized standards, where US sentencing rules obviously do not belong).

      January 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. urine

    Joran, You're In!!

    January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve-O

    I have more faith in the Peruvian judicial system rather than American & Italian.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob32

      Why Italian?

      January 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karla

    He looks so pityfull....

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Man

      And your spelling in pitiful, but I agree with the sentiment.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    If he goes to a Peruvian prison, its a death sentence for him. Especially with as high profile a case as this. By the way, is it just me, or do you all think he has a head and face like a chimpazee.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nic

      Yeah he for sure can't pull off the bald look very well. They don't have A/C in their prisons either do they?

      January 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      Glad someone else sees him like I do!!

      January 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nic

    Will he be eligible for parole after like, 14 years or what? I don't know the law in Peru.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reality check

    $74.5k for Stephanie's life. Doesn't that raise a few eyebrows?

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      28 years for stephany's life. Nearly the maximum. I don't think you can quantify life monitarily. And my first thought was wondering if they'd ever really get any of that money anyway. Unless he has that laying around somewhere that they can take, I doubt he'd have that kind of earning power. Maybe his parents will pay it...but again, I doubt it.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      I doubt he has anything close to $74.5K unless he did very well at gambling. Were that so, I suspect there'd be new stories about that. Now, his family might have that kind of money.

      January 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lauren

    He has a cult following in that prison, those guys love him.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phyllis

    Thank you Peru, it is about time this killer of young women, was sent to prison........He will still be young enough, when he gets out to kill again, I hope something bad happens to him, while he is serving his time........maybe one of his fellow inmates will rid us of this slime bag........killer.I can only hope, that the Holloway family can find some kind of peace, with this........

    January 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      Yes, that is a scary thought indeed. Let's hope he will be either dead or physically disabled (hands and legs broken ) by the time he gets out.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. blinkon

    Life isn't going to be too tough if he has a cell phone and TV in his cell.....

    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. us1776

    Thank you, Peru.


    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kit8

    A slap on the risk for a serial killer. Hopefully his fellow prisoners could see to it he does not live to see June 10, 2038.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrlgh

      The expression is "a slap on the wrist".

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


    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sylvia

    Excellent job by the Peruvian justice system! They certainly have proved to the world that they don't take murder lightly. Stephany was a much-loved daughter/sister and her death was devastating to her family. One hopes that this evil brute will not get any privileges in his stinking jail cell. The next to be thrown into jail should be his "friend" who aired his stupidity on TV virtually saying that Stephany deserved what she got by peering into his laptop!

    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bas

    @angellovef, Stefany was 21 when he killed her. But what you're saying is crazy. Then I could kill a 2-years-old child and get two year sentence?

    January 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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