Joran van der Sloot, Prime Suspect in Natalee Holloway’s Murder, Now Suspect in the Murder of Peruvian Woman.
Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot was arrested in Peru and has confessed to murdering university student Stephany Flores Ramirez.
Eerily, on the same day five years ago, 2005, Van der Sloot was a key suspect in the murder of, Alabama native Natalee Holloway, while in Aruba while on a high school graduation trip. Natalee Holloway also disappeared on May 30, and her body has never been found. Van der Sloot had been arrested twice in that case, but released for lack of evidence.
According to Peru's La Republica newspaper, he told investigators "I did not want to do it. The girl intruded into my private life. She had no right.""I confronted her. She was frightened, we argued and she wanted to get away. I grabbed her by the neck and I hit her."An article in El Comercio, a major daily newspaper and website, suggests that that van der Sloot may have confessed to get a reduced sentence. According to a Peruvian lawyer, the law in Peru states that if the murder was an act of anger, and not premeditated, then the sentence would normally be six to 20 years under Peruvian law. Depending on intent, murders cases can carry sentences up to 30 years. There is speculation that the confession is a ploy to get off easy.
However if the authorities want to make an example of van der Sloot for Flores’ murder, Van der Sloot could be sentenced on different charges, depending on the investigation. The most serious would be aggravated robbery, which carries a life sentence. Investigators have speculated that Mr. van der Sloot killed Flores in order to rob her of her casino winnings (about $1,000).
However, if he is charged with homicide, that would take off the table the potential charge of aggravated robbery. First degree murder would get him the maximum sentence of 30 years and few opportunities for parole. The five-year old disappearance of Holloway could play a big part in van der Sloot receiving the maximum sentence even though he was not charged in that case and has not confessed to her death.
The 22 year old Dutchman was captured on video leaving the Atlantic City Casino with Ms. Flores Ramirez. And then by the Hotel Tac Lima, security cameras as the two o f them entered room at 5 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Four hours later Van der Sloot was caught on video leaving alone with his bags.
It was originally thought that van der Sloot was attempting to flee to Argentina or Bolivia, but, he was detained by Chilean police at a Curacaví toll booth on highway 68 en route to the capitol Santiago from the coastal resort town of Viña del Mar. Interpol Lima requested that he be apprehend. He was arrested and quickly expelled to Peru.
Peruvian investigators have been questioning him since Saturday. They have possession of the computer he claimed Flores had been searching when he killed her. And at this time he is not being released on bail.
On June 3, In addition to being held for the murder of Ms. Flores Ramirez in Peru, back in the States, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama charged Van der Sloot with extortion and wire fraud, saying the Dutchman promised information on Natalee Holloway's whereabouts in exchange for $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance claims that on or about May 10, Van der Sloot had someone transfer $15,000 from a bank in Birmingham to a bank in the Netherlands. As a partial payment and that after he received the full $250,000 he would provide the location of Holloway's remains in Aruba and information regarding the circumstances of her death.
Just a few hours ago, a Peruvian judge, Juan Buendia issued the order to arrest van der sloot. He was charged with first degree murder and robbery in the killing of Lima business student Stephany Flores.
The latest update on van der Sloot's capture...Aruban and Peruvian authorities have agreed to "help each other" in the murder investigation of Stephany Flores. Investigators hope the cooperation will lead to new information about the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in 2005 in Aruba. Van der Sloot is the main suspect in both cases.
Joran van der Sloot claims he only signed papers admitting killing Stephany Flores because he was intimidated by Peruvian police and had been promised he would be transferred to the Netherlands if he confessed.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia has said Van der Sloot will have to be tried in Flores’ death before any extradition request can be considered. In addition to possible involvement in Holloway’s disappearance, for which Van der Sloot has not been charged, he is wanted by the FBI on suspicion of attempting to extort money from the Holloway family.
If convicted of killing Flores, he faces from 15 to 35 years in prison in Peru.
Although he initially confessed to killing Flores he now has withdrawn that confession claiming everything from coercion to improper legal representation to the absence of a translator. A Peruvian judge has dismissed his appeal to toss out the graphic confession which involved a trip to the murder scene.