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. Joey Isotta-Francisco

    The article says 30 years but in Peru the most he can get is 15 unless they prove he planned it in advance. If he says he lost his temper the most he can get is 15.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    It's hot and humid here, but otherwise it's a day just like any other...I hope you have an ab fab day, yourself.

    @Bimbo the Birthday Clown:

    D'ja like that visual?

    September 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Not particularly banasy, but I guess it is fair payback for the demented clown video.

      September 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PeruSucks

    PERU SUCKS and so does Luis Jimenez Navarro! There will be a nice place IN HELL for criminal defense attorneys! you better believe it!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jennifer

    I think he deserves life, his attorney says he has no previous bad habits, I say what about natalie!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yada

    Thank you banasy. 48o here last night but we are in for some 90s and high 80s over the next few days.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. yada

    Yes, no further incidents because they locked him up! Crazy statement from that lawyer.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oleg


    September 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Touche, Bimbo.

    September 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jroll1


    September 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    I don't think 30 yrs is enough! My son was murdered at 17 by an 18 year old. We did not have a trial we got a perfect deal. He got two 20 year sentences. 20 for the murder & 20 for the weapon. He has to serve the first 20, and depending how is doing in jail he has to be paroled to do the second 20. He won't get out between the 2 sentences and if he hasn't done anything like anger management or go to school or stay out of trouble, he won't get to parole to the 2nd 20. So he will do at least a guaranteed 40 years. But the best part is he signed away all his rights to appeal. I miss my Son Tyrell so much but this has made us all stronger. I still don't believe in the death penalty and truly believe that they should do more rehabilitating and make it mandatory that all prisoners work, go to classes of the choosing even if they have life sentences. But make them earn their schooling. Just like my kids had too! Nothing for free. Work like we have too. Thanks,~MARY~ I LOVE YOU TYRELL!

    September 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. el condor

    About time these bribe prone wussys got off their butt and did something. "Isolated incident" that the best the Defence can do. Let him rot in jail, but not the cushy little condo he has been in for the past year or more. I have spent a lot of time in Peru, and the whole system is corrupt. Wouldn't surprise me the suck-ass Dutch government tries to save this bag of llama crap.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yada

    The first few weeks of Van Der Poot's arrest, I remember reports of a Peruvian law that gives a life sentense to a murderer if it's proven he stole from the victim. What happened to that?

    September 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yeah

    i agree.

    September 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jo Anne

    They need to keep him locked up and throw away the key. He is a menace to society.

    September 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    FRY EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
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