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. Do Him Now

    I hope he gets a cell mate named Bubba who makes him his bi#ch for the next 14 years and beats him nearly to death each day......just enough that he survives and has to endure another day there.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Queen of Hearts

    Now he gets to join Peru's general prison population in a facility for hard core murders such as himself. I'll bet he won't last 10 years in prison before he is shived. OFF WITH HIS HEAD!

    January 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort01

      10 years? Im betting on 3 years

      January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. somuchfor

    I guess they didn't believe his "i'm sorry" statement–maybe because he rolled his eyes during the middle of it.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Payback time for justice... Good news is that he is going to learn spanish fast among all the "papies" in Peru's general prison

    January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TruAmerikan

    So far I haven't heard anything about this computer being picked up by authorities. What is happening there.

    CNN??? Care to do some ~gasp~ invenstigate reporting?

    January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lou

    As a parent, I understand how the Holloway family would like some closure and would want him brought to justice in the USA. But, I think we all know now he killed her, and his father helped him dispose off the evidence at sea. So, just let him rotten in Peru, don't bring him to a nice jail in the USA.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      we can bring him here after he finishes his sentence there

      January 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mps

      Sure his now deceased dad covered up, but I don't know about dumping her at sea. Next to her hotel they were building Marriott timeshare buildings where we own (a 15 time visitor, great place and safe unless you're stupid) and numerous construction dumpsters were lined up and hauled away every morning to the dump, where they burn all their trash. Jorans dad held up the search warrant for the dump for at least two days, already weeks after she "disappeared".

      January 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peter

    I am a Dutchman living in the US. This guy embarrassed our nation, 28 years for killing 2 young girls is still not enough. I hope the US can add 30 more years to his sentence so that this guy will never see day light again. I have no words to describe Joran; let him be as miserable as possible in prison.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. eddy

    Not much of a break, could have gotten as much as thirty years but got 28 and he has been inprisoned for two... What a nightmare, that MOFO deserves every bit of it...

    January 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    He'll be dead in 5 years... The kid has no remorse or human decency in his body. He was smiling and laughing the entire trial even after admitting to killing the woman. He's gonna burn

    January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PCollen

    I'm glad it's the Peruvian government, and not the USA, that has to cover his living expenses for the next 26 years. Does Peru give early release/parole for 'good behavior ? This man is a demon. With any luck, he'll OD in prison and never see freedom.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ELH

    When he gets out, he will still be the slimy POS he is today and will immediately seek out yet another victim. With any luck, he will get shanked in a few months so we can stop worrying about him.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. aleppo1091

    Other countries than the US think we are heinous for using death penalty. Right or wrong, we're right there along with China & Saudi Arabia.,

    January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      true, true. use of the death penalty is a an interesting debate

      January 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rich

    Hopefully he will be sent to castro jail. in there a hundred dollars will get him real justice. i predict he is dead in two years.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. somuchfor

    Also, you can tell he was mad at the verdict–rather than sorry he did it.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. EffortPA

    I wish somebody would offer a large amount of money to anybody who finds out where the remains of Natalee Holloway are. I am sure the inmates will find a way to extract that information.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      unlikely–he's a pathological liar

      January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • me138

      the other inmates could give two craps about where the remains are.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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