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Van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years for murdering Peru woman

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Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot is seen during a hearing in Lima on Friday.

LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian court on Friday sentenced Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison for killing a woman in Lima in 2010, five years after American teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba after spending time with him. 

The court also ordered van der Sloot to pay $75,000 in reparations to the family of the 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

The sentence was handed down two days after van der Sloot pleaded guilty to killing Flores. It also comes at a time when the family of Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from Alabama, is renewing efforts to bring him to the United States to face charges related to her 2005 disappearance.

The prosecution had sought a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft.

The judges said that due to time already served, van der Sloot's sentence would end in June 2038. But under Peru's penal system, Van der Sloot could become eligible for parole after serving half of the sentence with good behavior, including work and study.

Van der Sloot's lawyer argued that his client killed Flores in May 2010 during a fit of rage he blamed on psychological trauma from being hounded as the prime suspect in Holloway case.

Holloway's body has not been found.

An Alabama judge agreed Thursday to declare Holloway legally dead.

The Peruvian victim's father, Ricardo Flores, complained verdict that Van der Sloot was enjoying favorable conditions in a
Lima prison, where he has been living apart from the general population and foreigners with money can buy superior treatment.

  • Judge: Natalee Holloway legally dead
  • "A jail isn't a 5-star hotel," Ricardo Flores told reporters. "Let's hope the authorities take that into account and not just in our case."

    "Since the first day we've been complaining about the excessive privileges" that Van der Sloot allegedly enjoyed in jail, the father said.

    He said he would present evidence of this at a news conference on Monday.

    Unconfirmed news reports denied by penal authorities say Van der Sloot has also had a television and video gaming console. 

    Open case
    The Holloway case remains open. Van der Sloot has been indicted in Alabama extortion charges for allegedly offering to lead a lawyer for Holloway's mother to her daughter's remains. He has never been charged in Holloway's death.

    Van der Sloot long ago confessed the Flores killing, telling police he became enraged after the business student discovered his
    connection to the Holloway disappearance on his laptop while they played poker online. Police forensic experts disputed that version, and the victim's family said Van der Sloot killed Flores in order to rob her.

    The prosecution maintained Van der Sloot killed Flores with "ferocity" and "cruelty," concealing the crime and fleeing to
    Chile, where he was caught two days after Flores' decaying body was found.

    He took more than $200 in cash plus credit cards from the victim and made his initial getaway in her car, leaving it in a different part of Lima, prosecutors say.

    Flores was slain five years to the day after Holloway, an 18-year-old from the wealthy Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Mountain Brook,
    disappeared during a high school graduation trip to Aruba, where van der Sloot grew up.

    Investigators have long worked from the assumption that the young woman died in Aruba, where the case was classified as a homicide investigation. That investigation remains open, though there has been no recent activity, said Solicitor General Taco Stein, an official with the prosecutor's office in Aruba.

    NBC News, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this story.

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