Joran Van der Sloot, a former suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was sentenced today in Peru to 28 years in prison for the murder of 21-year-old Peruvian Stephany Flores Ramirez, with credit for time served.
Peruvian television station TV Peru showed Van der Sloot, appearing tired and agitated, receiving the sentence via a translator.
Van der Sloot met Flores Ramirez in a casino in the Peruvian capital, Lima, in May 2010. He later confessed to killing her in his hotel room, saying he found her using his laptop to read information about the Holloway case. After the murder Van der Sloot fled to Chile, where he was captured and extradited to Peru.
The prosecution asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft, while Van der Sloot’s attorney argued his client was in an extreme case of psychological distress when he committed the murder and that his confession should be considered during sentencing.
Peruvian daily El Comercio reported Flores Ramirez’ father attended the sentencing. The Flores Ramirez family attorney indicated the family would accept a 25 to 30 year sentence, El Comercio reported.
Van der Sloot now faces federal charges in The United States for extortion related to the Holloway case, according to the Associated Press.
The disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway in 2005 in Aruba has not been solved. Holloway's body was never found despite a massive search and intense media coverage of the case. Van der Sloot was a suspect, but was released due to lack of evidence.