A former poker pro from Holland, Joran Van der Sloot was finally sentenced on January 13th, 2012 to 28 years imprisonment for the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, someone he had met at a casino.
The 24 year old Van de Sloot, was originally indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States for wire fraud and extortion related to the whereabouts of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba on May 30, 2005, where Van de Sloot was domiciled. Van de Sloot pled guilty in Peru to the murder and robbery of Flores, who died in Peru on May 30, 2010, exactly five years after Holloway’s disappearance.
Van der Sloot was apprehended on June 3, 2010 in Chile and subsequently deported to Peru the following day. He then confessed to causing the death of Flores Ramírez and was transferred to a maximum security prison in the country.
He tried to retract his confession, citing intimation by the Peruvian National Police and being framed by the FBI. The Peruvian judge ruled on June 25, 2010 that the confession was valid.
Time magazine declared Van der Sloot’s arrest the top crime story of 2010.