(LIMA, Peru) — Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national long believed to be responsible for the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, will be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to the murder of a Peruvian woman he had met in a Lima hotel five years to the day Holloway vanished.
The 24-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison for the death of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, although it’s expected he’ll get less time for the homicide after confessing to it on Wednesday.
Flores, the daughter of a wealthy and influential Peruvian businessman, was found strangled in van der Sloot’s hotel room on May 31, 2010. The two had reportedly met at a Lima casino.
Van der Sloot reportedly claimed in a confession shortly after the slaying that he’d killed Flores because she found information linking him to Holloway on his computer.
Van der Sloot, a former Aruba resident, was the last person seen with the 18-year-old Holloway, who was on a high school trip in Aruba, before she vanished. No body has even been found despite countless searches and probes by both Aruban authorities and private investigators hired by Holloway’s family.
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Holly Yan, Chuck Johnston and David Williams, CNN
Joshua Berlinger and Holly Yan, CNN Newswire