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Joran Van der Sloot Gets 28 Years

Joran Van der Sloot Gets 28 Years
Joran Van der Sloot has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the murder of a young woman in Peru exactly five years to the day after the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Van der Sloot was also ordered to pay $75,000 in restitution to the family of the victim, 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

Prosecutors had sought a 30-year sentence for the first-degree murder and robbery of Flores.

A Peruvian court handed Van der Sloot the 28-year sentence two days after he entered a guilty plea to the charges against him. His trial was scheduled to begin Friday, Jan. 6, but was delayed after Van der Sloot asked for more time to consider his plea.

Could Be Out in 14 Years

Due to time he has already served since is arrest in June 2010, Van der Sloot's sentence would end in June 2038, but under Peru's prison system he could become eligible for parole in half that time.

Also, Ricardo Flores, father of the victim, complained that Van der Sloot was enjoying special privileges in prison, including a TV and a game console. Flores said he plans to present evidence of the special treatment Van der Sloot has been receiving at a press conference on Monday.

"A jail isn't a 5-star hotel," Ricardo Flores said. "Since the first day we've been complaining about the excessive privileges."

Meanwhile this week, an Alabama judge officially declared Natalee Holloway dead, six-and-a-half years after she was last seen leaving a bar in Aruba with Van der Sloot. No evidence has been found that she is still alive, the judge ruled.

The hearing was requested by Natalee's father, Dave Holloway, who told the judge he wanted to stop paying her medical insurance and use her college fund for her brother. Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway, was at the hearing and did not oppose the move to declare her daughter dead.

Natalee's family continues to push for Van der Sloot to be extradited to the United States after he serves his sentence in Peru so that he can face federal charges of extorting money from Beth Holloway by offering to tell her where she could find Natalee.
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