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. M.A.

    Joran you thought yourself a player. You are a PUNK. Wasn't the mysterious withdrawl payment for dropping Natalee's remains to the bottom of the ocean. Smirk or no smirk, your debts will be paid in full for both these murders. You can be assured of that.

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

    I hope he will get what he deserves in the Peruvian prison!!! A horible person!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    This guy won't be around 8 days, much less 8 years after he gets put in population at Lurigancha OR Miguel Castro Castro. My bet is that he will immediately be killed. I mean after they wear him out raping him and extort whatever money thay can from his family for his "protection". It took inmates ONE day to kill a new warden at Castro Castro and Lurigancha is worse. The guards SEWED the mouths of 14 prisoners shut at Castro. There's no place that they can put this guy where the prisoners won't get to him. He may buy some safety for a little while but he can't afford to pay everyone in there. a $100 bill will get anyones throat cut. Joran Vandersloot is a dead man. Bet he wishes that he had plead guilty in Aruba to killing Natalie Holloway. 100 years in an Aruban jail is probably much better than 100 minutes at Castro or Lurigancha.

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

      He's been in Peruvian prison since his arrest- how will this change now? A Peruvian official was quoted as saying Joran has assimilated with disturbing ease to his surroundings. As a textbook sociopath, he must be a master manipulator.

      January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. larry simpson

    this man just got the death penalty. those inmates in peru will butcher him afetr making him their wife lol

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

      At least he will get cack slapped quite a few times for sure!!

      January 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TexasWombat

    Based on this video, I think that Joran is just beginning to show signs of age.

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

    I'm sorry for both family's.

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

    The story neglects to point out that it was the FBI who gave him the getaway money.

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

      And you, the American Public pay the FBI. So we paid this a hole

      January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AJ

    After he serves his Peru time he needs to come serve his time for killing natalie and defrauding her family.

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

    Peru rocks! I am sure his rotten soul will destroy his body in the next decades and he dies in prison.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyrone HoggLegg

    Yes, he will definitely get it in the "End"

    January 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    stop covering this loser....he goes off at it.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. larry simpson

    the only worse sentence he could have gotten was to have been forced to live with nancy pelosi

    January 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. somuchfor

    Knowing this man's behavior, maybe he'll kill himself to try to get some sympathy.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RL

    Not long enough.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nick

    Why will he be free in 28 years? This psycho beat a person to death on purpose. I just lost respect for Peru. Bunch of tards.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
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