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. EGB1

    For God's sake, don't extradite him to the U.S. Our prisons are a paid vacation compared to most of the world's.

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

      And you know this from personal experience?

      January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • realtalker1

      While US Prisons have nothing on peruvian prisons they are far from a walk in the park and are tougher prisons than most of the civilized world despite what you may hear on the street.

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

    Same as the case with OJ...eventually every person gets their due....

    January 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WH

    28 years? Too short for murder. Bring him back to U.S., we'll put him in the chair for lethal injection. This guy deserves to die.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • realtalker1

      He didn't commit any crime in the U.S. how would we be legally able to execute him?

      January 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Arturo

    Some people are thinking peruvian prisons are similar to mexican prisons. Thats not the case, you can get some concessions if you have enough money. In fact there are rumours that he has a 42 inch tv, bluray 3d player, speakers and a internet phone inside his cell. I would not surprise me since the corruption and lack of control at Lurigancho prison.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oldie in TampaBay

    he won't live long enough to be extradited to the US

    January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Perry

    This is one evil man, I hope this provides some comfort to the lives of those that he destroyed

    January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. works for me

    Let's all sing him a hymn...
    Hymn... hymn... phuck him!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck Creig

    This guy is totally innocent of both murders. He's obviously a really nice, solid, upstanding young man, who has befallen two completely coincidental misunderstandings that had nothing to do with him. His accidental proximity to two murders is no more his fault than OJ Simpson's DNA accidentally being found at the murder scene of Nicole Brown. TOTAL COINCIDENCE! With God's grace this amazing human being will be exonerated within 6 months on appeal.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kjame

    Not near long enough. He should be given life for taking someone else's life along with all the lies and extortion he's guilty of. I hope he gets what he deserves in prison.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ItsaSadDayWhen

    So let me get his straight , he used the first victim's mother's money $25k of it to travel to another country and kill his second victim. How tragic indeed for her and for Natalie's mom who inadvertenly provided the creep with the means to travel and kill again. Sad isn't it?

    January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jbmmmm

    Wow! Really tragic. I bet he will come up with the where abouts and what really happed if they extradite him to the US. Thats his only card. And that will require a Peruvian payment.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sheila

    Shoot – extradition to the US would be a vacation away from Peruvian prison. Just leave him there.

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

    Thats all!?

    January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jenne

    What a blessing! I would have liked to see his facial expression when they said 28 years! I think he believed he was going to get considerably less since he plead guilty.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Islander

    Van der Sloot's computer is in the hands of the FBI as we speak. It was reported either on CNN or HLN this earlier this week.

    He is now facing extortion charges and the little known Alabama law that allows them to try a person who has murdered an American overseas. There is a legal precedent for this in the case of the newlyweds from Alabama on their honeymoon in Australia. They went diving and hubby murdered his new wife under water, she died on the ocean floor and left her there to drown (he cut her air tube). The U.S. is now or has already filed notice with Interpol for extradition of Van der Sloot when his 28 year sentence is finished. The U.S. and Peru have no extraditin treaty. The FBI will pick him up and bring him to Birmingham, Alabama for trial for extortion and the murder of Natalee Halloway.

    He will spend the rest of his life in jail. If they have the death penalty in Alabama, and if he is tried and convicted of Natalee Halloway's murder in addition to the extoration charges, he could get the death penalty.

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