Dutchman Joran Van der Sloot was sentenced Friday to 28 years in prison for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old Peruvian Stephany Flores, a woman he met at a Lima casino.
Friday's court decision comes two days after van der Sloot sincerely confessed to killing Flores. He was also ordered to pay $75,000 in reparations to the family of the victim.
Van der Sloot, 24, was accused of murdering Flores, a skilled poker player and the daughter of a wealthy businessman, in order to steal the $10,000 she won at the casino she was seen leaving with van der Sloot, her family had maintained. He was also arrested, but not charged, in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.
(Holloway has recently been legally declared dead by a judge in the U.S.).
Prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft in the killing of Flores, not the life sentence they originally sought. Under Peruvian law, a prison term for a sincere confession to a murder is typically much shorter than one for a normal guilty plea.
The guilty plea came five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance of Holloway.
Under Peru's laws, van der Sloot could become eligible for parole after serving half of the sentence with good behavior, including work and study, CBS News reported.
Now, American officials are expected to bring van der Sloot to Alabama to face charges of extorting $25,000 from Beth Holloway, in exchange for information about the location of her daughter's body, ABC News reported. After receiving the money, van der Sloot admitted lying about where the girl's body was buried.
We anticipate that U.S. authorities will move quickly to bring him to Alabama to face pending federal charges and to answer for his past conduct in Aruba, John Q. Kelly, Beth Holloway's attorney, said after Friday's sentencing.