News: Natalee Holloway Disappearance
News: Natalee Holloway Disappearance - Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is reportedly planning to marry while he serves a 28-year sentence in a Lima jail for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores. Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in Natalee Holloway’s 2005 disappearance and a convicted killer, may tie the knot behind bars in Peru. The 24-year-old is reportedly planning to marry while serving a 28-year sentence in a Lima prison for the murder of Stephany Flores, according to Peruvian tabloid Peru 21.
Van der Sloot’s defense attorney was named by the paper as a source – but he denied the report.
“As far as I know, he’s not going to get married,” Maximo Altez told the Daily Beast. “They cited me as the source, but I’m just in charge of his legal issues, and I don’t participate in his private life.”
Van der Sloot is the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who vanished while on a trip to Aruba with schoolmates in 2005. Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., was last seen leaving a nightclub with then-17-year-old van der Sloot.
The Dutchman pleaded guilty in 2010 to the murder of Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met while gambling in Lima.
Authorities found the business student stabbed to death in van der Sloot’s hotel room.
Van der Sloot is currently petitioning the Third Penal Court of Lima for an annulment of his sentence, which is due to end in June 2038.
He is arguing that that the sentencing is inappropriate since his previous attorney told him that he would only receive 15 years in prison if he pleaded guilty and his “psychological” issues weren’t taken into account.
“He should have been charged with manslaughter, not aggravated homicide,” Altez said.
Van der Sloot apologizes for the murder of Flores in one of two handwritten letters, addressed “To Whom It May Concern,” according to Reuters.
“I ask God every day that Stephany’s parents can find it in their heart to forgive me,” he writes.
But he also describes himself as a victim, writing that his “rights have been constantly abused.”
Van der Sloot faces charges in the U.S. for trying to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother, Beth, after he said he’d reveal Natalee’s whereabouts if Beth paid him, CNN reported.
He must finish serving his sentence in Peru before he can be extradited to the U.S.