Van der Sloot charged with murder in Peru
Joran van der Sloot is escorted by Peruvian police in Lima on June 5, 2010.
September 1st, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Van der Sloot charged with murder in Peru

Peruvian authorities have charged Joran van der Sloot with murder in the case of the death of a Peruvian woman.

CNN partner InSession reports that prosecutors are asking for a 30-year jail sentence and a restitution payment to the victim’s family of about $73,100.

Prosecutors have also charged three Peruvian drivers who allegedly took Van der Sloot across the border to Chile as he was trying to flee the country. They are asking for a five-year jail sentence and a restitution payment to the state of about $ 1,800, InSession reports.

"This is what we were expecting from the prosecutor's office given the high profile nature of this trial. We think 30 years is too much for this crime since it was an isolated incident without any further acts of violence. We have had cases in Peru under similar circumstances that have gotten less than 25 years,” said van der Sloot's attorney, Luis Jimenez Navarro.

No date has been set for trial.

Van der Sloot was once the prime suspect in the disappearance in Aruba of American teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished at age 18 while on a graduation trip. He was arrested twice but never charged in connection with her disappearance.

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  1. Liv Lendvai

    Psychopath. Lock him up and throw away the key to keep women safe from this person.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Francisco

    OLE ! That es mucho grande !

    September 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bermille

    I used to be anti death penalty, but I have come to realize, there are some people who do not deserve to live after the atrociites they do. I have also learned many who stay in jail for so long are not being reformed so releasing them from incarceration after so long will only increase their chances of committing more crimes later.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • connie sockwell

      My thoughts exactly, you make a great point.

      September 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Francisco

    Truthfully they say he is really fitting in. Has become a prisopn enforcer tough guy. Already has been involved in fights and several stabbings. He is a very large guy compared to fellow inmates so uses his size to intimidate them. Also has reportedly become a heavy drug user. I was hoping prison would be rough on him but according to reports he is doing ok. Plus even if convicted he will be out before 40 years old. Its just a shame.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Casey Anthony

    I think he's dreamy.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJ Simpson, William Shatner, and Robert Blake

      He's our boy!

      September 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    LMAO @ Casey Anthony!!

    September 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Has Nancy Grace sunk her teeth into this yet?

    "We think 30 years is too much for this crime since it was an isolated incident without any further acts of violence."

    Sounds like Van der Sloot's lawyer knows something...

    September 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Nancy Grace sinking her teeth into something. Now there's an attractive image.

      September 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Hi, sista.
    Wassup?

    September 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    He's lucky that Latin America has generally outgrown the old days, when they would have just tortured a confession out of him before kiling him in prison.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. VOCT

    Finally!!!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yada

    Well it's about time! This guy is a kook! Good Morning, banasy. (It's morning on the West Coast.) Hope you have an excellent day.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. :)

    30 years in that Peruvian rat hole will be just fine. He probably wont make it 5 years unless he buys favor with some of the thug gang leaders.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stone thrower

    I'm so thankful for stories like this, because it distracts from my own atrocities. Tee hee..

    September 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Francisco

    Im a briiick house. Im seexxy seexxy letting it all hang out. Im a briiiick hooouse. . . .

    September 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Francisco

    Most they can give him is 15 years per CNN.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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