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Joran Van Der Sloot Sentencing: Dutchman Slapped With 28 Years For Murder Of Stephany Flores

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Joran van der Sloot at the sentencing phase of his murder trial.
Joran van der Sloot at the sentencing phase of his murder trial.

A haggard and beaten-looking Joran van der Sloot was sentenced Friday to 28 years in prison for the 2010 slaying of Peruvian business student Stephany Flores.

The 23-year-old Dutch native, who is equally infamous for his longtime association with the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, hung his head low as the Peruvian court clerk went over the timeline of events in the case.

After the charges were entered into record, van der Sloot listened stone-faced as his sentence was pronounced -- 28 years behind bars and $200,000 solace for civil reparations.

Credited with time served, van der Sloot's release date was set as June 10, 2038. Following his release, he will be expelled from the country, the court ordered.

"Losing the person that one loves most is not fair," the victim's father, Ricardo Flores, said to reporters at the courthouse. "On Monday, through our attorneys, we will be calling a press conference to let you know all the irregularities and all the things that have occurred during this trial [and] from the day this person has been arrested."

Earlier this week, van der Sloot avoided trial by pleading guilty to killing Flores.

"I am truly regretful for what I have done. I feel very bad," he said.

That confession apparently had little impact on the three-judge panel, who sentenced him to only two years less than the 30-year max they could have imposed.

Van der Sloot was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the May 30, 2010, slaying of Flores -- exactly five years after Holloway vanished. Flores was found dead in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima on June 2, 2010.


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Holloway's body has never been found, and van der Sloot has never been charged in her disappearance. He was, however, indicted in the U.S. on charges that he extorted $25,000 from the Alabama teenager's parents. Prosecutors said that, in exchange for the money, he promised to reveal how Holloway died and the location of her body.

On Thursday, Alabama Probate Judge Alan King signed a declaration of death for Holloway. King announced the decision during a hearing in Birmingham. The court documents, which say that Natalee Holloway's possessions are worth less than $500, also named Joran van der Sloot as the "primary suspect" in her disappearance.

Earlier this week, Michael Griffith, senior partner at the International Legal Defense Counsel, told The Huffington Post that regardless of what van der Sloot was sentenced to in Peru, he would eventually be extradited to the U.S. for the alleged Holloway extortion plot and possibly her murder.

According to Griffith, the passive personality principle of international law allows a country to prosecute someone who has killed or injured an American citizen in a foreign country. In essence, jurisdiction is based on the nationality of the victim and not the location of the crime.

Griffith said that van der Sloot's alleged statements about Holloway, along with his previous confessions, are enough for U.S. authorities to bring a circumstantial murder case against him.

"There is no statute of limitations," Griffith said. "So even if he serves the max, he can still go on trial in the U.S."

Whether authorities in the U.S. will invoke the passive personality principle has yet to be decided.

Peruvian lawyer Giovanna Gismondi told In Session that van der Sloot will be eligible for parole after serving one third of his sentence and could be paroled in nine years.

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