Joran van der Sloot is not letting the confines of a Peruvian prison -- where he has been jailed after pleading guilty to murdering student Stephany Flores -- from keeping him from getting married, according to the Peruvian press.
Van der Sloot, who is in a Lima prison for killing Flores and and who is the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama high-school student Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is planning to marry a woman in the Miguel Castro Castro prison, Peru 21 reported.
The Peruvian publication cited Van der Sloot's attorney, Max Altez, as its source.
However, Altez told the Daily Beast that he was not the source for the Joran van der Sloot wedding story and said his client had no wedding plans to the best of his knowledge.
I deny all of that, the lawyer said. As far as I know, he's not going to get married. They cited me as the source, but I'm just in charge of his legal issues, and I don't participate in his private life.
Ever since Joran van der Sloot was jailed at Miguel Castro Castro, he has been the focus of gossip items in the Peruvian press. Previous reports indicated the 28-year-old impregnated a woman during his prison stay. The woman, Figueroa Leydi Uceda, denied van der Sloot was the father of her child.
Rumors of Joran Van der Sloot's wedding plans were circulating as his lawyer attempts to appeal his death sentence. In a letter released by Altez, van der Sloot said he hoped Flores' family forgives him for killing the young woman in a Peruvian hotel, five years after Holloway's disappearance.
I ask God every day that Stephany's parents can find it in their heart to forgive me, van der Sloot wrote, according to Fox News.The Natalee Holloway suspect also said he did not expect to be sentenced to death because he pleaded guilty to murdering Flores. My rights have been constantly abused, he wrote. My lawyer promised me I would receive 15 years if I plead guilty, I did.
Holloway, an Alabama high-school student, disappeared in Aruba in 2005 on the last day of a school trip. Van der Sloot was among the last people to see Holloway alive.
While he hasn't been charged in Holloway's disappearance, van der Sloot is facing extortion charges in relation to the case. He allegedly tried to extort Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, for $25,000 in return for information he said he had about her death.
Van der Sloot's extradition to the U.S. to face the extortion charge has been a drawn-out process.