Van der Sloot Sentenced to 28 Years

Guilty plea doesn't do him much good
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Joran Van der Sloot Sentenced to 28 Years for Murder of Stephany Flores
Joran Van der Sloot sits in the courtroom before his sentencing at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

If Joran Van der Sloot hoped his guilty plea in the killing of Stephany Flores would win him a light sentence, no such luck: A court in Peru sentenced him to 28 years today—he faced a maximum of 30—and ordered him to pay a $75,000 fine to Flores' family, report Fox News and the AP. The sentencing comes a day after a US judge declared Natalee Holloway dead. Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in her 2005 disappearance, and her parents are still pushing for him to be extradited to the US to face trial. (Read more Joran Van der Sloot stories.)

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