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Thursday
Jul052012

Joran Van Der Sloot Blames Lawyer for Long Prison Sentence

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- In two letters, Joran van der Sloot blamed his lawyers for his nearly three-decade prison sentence, while he reiterated he had nothing to do with the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway and begged for forgiveness for the murder of Stephany Flores.

Van der Sloot, 24, is serving 28 years in a Peruvian jail for the murder and robbery of Flores, a 21-year-old business student whose body was found in a Lima hotel room in May 2010 -- five years after the disappearance of Holloway.

"I ask God every day that Stephany's parents can find it in their heart to forgive me," he reportedly wrote in the letters released by his attorney.

Van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen who spent the majority of his adolescence in Caribbean island of Aruba, is the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., who was last seen leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with van der Sloot, then 17, while she was on a class graduation trip to the island.

He was arrested but has never been charged with a crime relating to her disappearance.

The letters, in which he refers to himself as a "psychological mess," were said to have been written in June and released this week by van der Sloot's attorney, Max Altez.  In the letter, he asserts that he has "nothing to do with" Holloway's disappearance, while blaming poor legal representation for his long prison sentence.  He says that a previous lawyer told him if he pled guilty he would only be jailed for 15 years.

"My rights have been constantly abused," van der Sloot reportedly wrote.  "After bad legal advice in which my lawyer promised me I would receive 15 years if I plead guilty, I did....I have a history of psychological problems which were never taken into consideration."

The Peruvian Supreme Court last month ruled that van der Sloot can be extradited to the U.S. to face charges that he extorted $25,000 from Holloway's mother, allegedly telling her that he could give her information that would lead to her daughter's body.

On Sept. 6, 2010, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that van der Sloot admitted to the extortion, saying, "I wanted to get back at Natalee's family.  Her parents have been making my life tough for five years."

Van der Sloot confessed to the murder of Flores in January.  He said that Flores had been using his laptop without his permission and discovered information linking him to Holloway's disappearance.  He is now appealing the 28-year sentence.

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Friday
Jan132012

Joran Van Der Sloot to Be Sentenced in 2010 Peru Murder

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national long believed to be responsible for the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to the murder of a Peruvian woman he had met in a Lima hotel five years to the day Holloway vanished.

The 24-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison for the death of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, although it's expected he'll get less time for the homicide after confessing to it on Wednesday.

Flores, the daughter of a wealthy and influential Peruvian businessman, was found strangled in van der Sloot’s hotel room on May 31, 2010.  The two had reportedly met at a Lima casino.

Van der Sloot reportedly claimed in a confession shortly after the slaying that he’d killed Flores because she found information linking him to Holloway on his computer.

Van der Sloot, a former Aruba resident, was the last person seen with the 18-year-old Holloway, who was on a high school trip in Aruba, before she vanished.  No body has even been found despite countless searches and probes by both Aruban authorities and private investigators hired by Holloway's family.

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Wednesday
Jan112012

Joran Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty to 2010 Peru Murder

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores in Peru.

Van der Sloot faced up to 30 years in jail if convicted at a trial. It’s not clear how much time he will get as a result of his confession. His hearing was suspended until Friday when he will be sentenced.

Flores, the 21-year-old daughter of a wealthy and influential Peruvian businessman, was found strangled in van der Sloot’s hotel room on May 31, 2010. The two had reportedly met at a Lima casino.

The Dutch national who lived in Aruba fled Peru but was arrested three days later in Chile, which sent him back to Peru.

Van der Sloot reportedly claimed in a confession shortly after the slaying that he’d killed Flores because she found information linking him to Holloway on his computer.

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Van der Sloot, 25, appeared in a Lima court last Friday and agreed to make a confession but then asked the court for more time to consider his options.

Van der Sloot had twice previously been arrested for the disappearance of Holloway, a 19-year-old from Alabama who vanished during a celebratory trip to Aruba with her senior class in May 2005.

Van der Sloot maintained that he’d left her on a beach, drunk. That’s the last anyone has seen of her.

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Friday
Jan062012

Natalee Holloway’s Suspected Killer Seeks Deal in Peru

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- Joran van der Sloot, accused of murder in Peru and the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, appears to be considering a plea deal that could get him out of prison in a few years.

Van der Sloot appeared in a packed jailhouse court in Lima, Peru, Friday and agreed to make a confession before asking the court for more time to consider his options. The court agreed to another hearing next Wednesday.

Van der Sloot, 24, is charged in Peru with the murder of Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010. Conviction of a first degree murder charge would mean a possible 30 year sentence.

Flores, the daughter of a wealthy and influential Peruvian businessman, was found strangled in van der Sloot’s hotel room on May 31, 2010.

Friday’s hourlong courtroom session appeared to set up a situation where van der Sloot will plead guilty by reason of temporary insanity, which, under Peruvian law, carries a sentence of three to five years.

If he pleads guilty to temporary insanity and the court accepts that plea, he could be set free, according to statements his lawyers have made to ABC News.

They state that Peru has a two-for-one stipulation in its judicial system, meaning a prisoner’s time spent in jail awaiting trial is computed doubly. Van der Sloot has completed more than three years of jail time -- the minimum of the three- to five-year term if found guilty.

If given the maximum sentence of five years, he would finish that term in less than two years.

The Dutch national who lived in Aruba fled Peru and was arrested three days later in Chile, which sent him back to Peru.

Friday’s hearing took place at the Lurigancho prison about a mile and a half from his jail cell in Miguel Castro Castro prison. Lurigancho is considered one of the worst prisons in the world by human rights groups, with about 11,000 inmates in a space for little more than 2,000.

Castro Castro is considered a “country club” jail where prisoners pay their way in to not have to go to Lurigancho. Van der Sloot has a small room with an uncomfortable-looking bed and a nearby toilet. For a while he had special privileges that included a PlayStation, a computer, two cell phones and reportedly prostitutes and drugs. That has changed under a new prison administration.

Van der Sloot had twice previously been arrested for the disappearance of Holloway, a 19-year-old from Alabama who vanished during a celebratory trip to Aruba with her senior class in May 2005. Van der Sloot maintained that he’d left her on a beach, drunk. That’s the last anyone has seen of her.

If van der Sloot does get out of the Peruvian prison, he will likely be sought by the FBI which has accused him of fraud and extortion, demanding $25,000 from Holloway’s mother Beth Twitty. In exchange he promised to tell her where her daughter’s body was. After Twitty paid the money, van der Sloot pointed out a new house and said her body was encased in the foundation, a claim he later admitted was a lie.

Beth Twitty declined to comment on the proceedings Friday.

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Tuesday
May312011

Legal Rep for Joran Van Der Sloot Resigns

Sebastian Silva/AFP/Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- Joran van deer Sloot, accused of murder in the death of Stephany Flores in Peru, has lost his legal counsel.  His attorney Maximo Altez resigned Tuesday, according to Dutch media reports.

Dutch News reports that Altez had grown tired of having disputes with Van der Sloot over money and his defense strategy.  Altez also argued with American lawyers representing his client, who said last week that Van der Sloot was ready to be extradited to the U.S. even though Peru had no extradition treaty with the U.S.

Altez told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he is prepared to provide legal counsel to Van der Sloot regarding a separate case which concerns the violation of his human rights after his arrest.

Van deer Sloot has also been implicated in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager who went missing during a high school trip to Aruba nearly six years ago.

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