Friday, January 13, 2012
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Joran van der Sloot sits in the courtroom before his sentencing at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot, 24, will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. The Dutchman remains the prime suspect in the case of the unsolved disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba and Holloway's parents want him extradited to the United States to be tried on related charges. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A Peruvian court on Friday sentenced Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison for murder of a young woman he met at a Lima casino.
The decision comes two days after the young Dutchman pleaded guilty to killing Stephany Flores. It is also a moment when the family of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway is renewing efforts to bring him to the United States to face charges related to her 2005 disappearance.
The court also ordered him to pay $75,000 in reparations to the family of the 21-year-old victim.
The prosecution had sought a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft.
Van der Sloot's lawyer argued that client killed the 21-year-old Flores in May 2010 during a fit of rage he blamed on psychological trauma from being hounded as the prime suspect in Holloway case.