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. Robert

    So will be be extradited to the US to face the charges of wire fraud and extortion after June 10, 2038? Also how is he to repay the $75k from jail? With 28 years that equates to about $2,600 per year. How can he make that much in prison even he is allowed to work? Don't prisoners only make 30 cents per day or something ridiculus like that?

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

      If he and/or his family can afford to send him on vacations all over the place, they can pay the fines.

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

    Wow... he sounds like a super human being. We need more people like him in this world.

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

      You are sarcastic, aren't you?

      January 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      No Alison is serious.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tracy

    Noting that the extortion money led Joran to Peru and to Flores appears to lend accusation to Holloway's family. If Joran had not gone to the poker tournament he might have just killed another girl in another country. I am glad Flores' family has justice now and wish the same for the Holloway family someday though I doubt it will never happen.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HBee

    I'm glad he got such a high sentence. RIP Natalee and Stephany ❤

    January 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ivory

    So glad this dog is finally getting put away. Smug punk.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rachel

    karma is a beeeatch.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cuace

    Hopefully Peruvian prisons are as violent as Mexican prisons. If so, he'll never make it 28 years.
    He's a predator of human beings and serves absolutely no purpose on this planet. The sooner someone shanks him with a rusty blade, the better.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RG

      The prisons in peru are on of the worst in the world. He deserves everything that is bad and evil to happen to him.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Diana

    I hope he gets and keeps head lice and bed bugs . Yes, he looks like a monkey!

    January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    Good riddance....and now he will get hard time in one of the worst ranked prisons in the world. i would not wish him dead – thats too easy – No, better still let him languish for that full 28 years in a tiny 8ft room....only this time there will be no more cameras.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    They should offer him 20 years off, if he gives up the location of Natalie's body. But only if the body is found, and DNA confirms it is her. Since Peru has no jurisdiction over Aruba, he wouldn't be offered a deal for any charges that came from discovering the body in that country. I feel for the Holloways, and they deserve to have their daughter home. Even if Aruba is still so incompetent to claim they dont have enough evidence to file charges with a body (cause let's face it, those investigators are useless), Natalie would be home and have a proper burial.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      So in eight years he can prey on more women? He needs to rot in jail!

      January 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RV67

    One less slime ball out on the streets. He kills Flores 5 years to the day that Natalee disappears and he gets sentenced on the day Natalee is declared officially dead. Irony or Justice?

    January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Its just how things worked out.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ega80

    Unfortunately, he's not in a normal cell. Today, Peruvian news reported about the benefits he gets just because he's a foreigner. He has a Blue Ray player, internet and a 42 inch flat screen TV in his cell. I don't know about you, but it doesn't seem like prison to me. He has no interaction with the local prisoners. Peruvians seem to worship anything that is foreign, unfortunately.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rain

      Thats cool. I really don't care how he serves his time.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Karla

    From 30 year to 28 years not bad...

    January 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Laura

    He won't pay the money. If he is required to, it will be after he has been released (42 years old). He will have to get a job and then his wages will be garnished. The family doesn't really care about the money, I'm sure. They just want justice. As far as the charges in Alabama, I'm curious how that will turn out. Will he be tried and if convicted have to carry out his sentence there after he is released from Peru? It's all moot, however. Someone will most likley kill him in prison.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brooklynite

    What a FU_KEN JOKE !!!! Joran van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years?? I would have hung this murderer by his balls !!!!

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

      Whatever. I would have done less and got on with my life. Idiot.

      January 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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