Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman who pleaded guilty to killing 21-year-old Peruvian student Stephany Flores, was sentenced in Lima to 28 years in prison.
The court today sentenced Van der Sloot, who pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to strangling Flores with both hands in a hotel room after he met her in a Lima casino in May 2010, according to the televised hearing today. Prosecutors had requested a 30-year prison sentence. The court also ordered Van der Sloot to pay the Flores family damages of 200,000 soles ($74,239).
Van der Sloot, 24, was extradited from Chile where he was arrested after he fled Peru. He has said he killed Flores after she saw material on his laptop about the unsolved disappearance of Natalee Holloway, prosecutors said.
Holloway, an American teenager, disappeared in May 2005 just before she was to fly home to Alabama from a vacation on the Caribbean island of Aruba. She was last seen with Van der Sloot and two other men, authorities said.
Van der Sloot said in a 2008 video he disposed of the body of Holloway on Aruba. He later denied he had anything to do with the disappearance of the 18-year-old. Dutch prosecutors dropped a case against him.
The Dutchman has been charged in the U.S. with wire fraud and extortion for allegedly soliciting money in 2010 on promises he would reveal the location of Holloway’s remains in Aruba and circumstances of her death.
Following today’s hearing, Van der Sloot told the court he reserved the right to appeal the ruling.
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