Van Der Sloot Gets 28 Years In Peruvian JailJanuary 17, 2012 3:52 pm
Dutch poker player Joran van der Sloot has now been sentenced to 28 years in a Peruvian jail for the murder of 21 year-old Stephany Flores, whose body was discovered in his hotel room in Peru in June 2010.
Later on, Sloot may also face extradition to the US in connection with the disapperance of Natalee Ann Holloway. In 2005, the now 24 year-old was arrested on the Dutch Caribbean island on suspicion of murdering Natalee Ann Holloway, but was later released for lack of conclusive evidence.
Now, however, the 2010 Peruvian murder has been solved after Van Der Sloot pleaded guilty to killing Stephany Flores, with his lawyer arguing that being hounded for Ms Holloway’s death caused Van Der Sloot to become psychologically unhinged resulting in Ms Flores’ death.
Apparently, Stephany Flores and Van Der Sloot were playing online poker in his hotel room when she discovered his connection with Ms Holloway’s earlier disappearance. Van Der Sloot then strangled Ms Flores in a psychological fit of rage, before fleeing Peru with $200 of her money and credit cards.
“He was faced against the entire world for the past five years prior to the events. It was five years after the disappearance of this American citizen, and all media pointed at my client without having any evidence that he was in fact a monster,” argued Sloot’s lawyer, Jose Luis Jiminez.
The judge seemed unimpressed by the explanation, however, and instead passed down close to the 30-year maximum sentence allowed for murder.
In the meantime, the father of Stephany Flores has been complaining about the extra priviliges being afforded the wealthy Van Der Sloot, who allegedly is currently living apart from the prison’s general population.
“A jail isn’t a five-star hotel. Let’s hope the authorities take that into account and not just in our case,” commented the murdered girl’s father Ricardo Flores.