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Originally posted 07/12/2014 10:00AM
Love, near death and everything in between.
Originally posted 07/05/2014 10:15AM
Joran van der Sloot – the suspect in American teen Natalee Holloway's disappearance – has married in a Peru prison, according to multiple news reports.
Originally posted 03/10/2014 11:45AM
Joran van der Sloot, the longtime suspect in the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of American teen Natalee Holloway, finally will face U.S. criminal charges in the case – but not until 2038, at least.
Originally posted 01/13/2012 12:35PM
Joran van der Sloot, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino, was sentenced on Friday to 28 years in prison. He was also fined nearly $74,000 by the three-judge panel.
While the lengthly list of charges was read in court, van der Sloot, wearing a greet T-shirt and sweating, hung down his head. Earlier, he told the court he was "truly sorry" for the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores and said that he had initially wanted to "confess sincerely" for his crime.
His murder victim, Flores, was killed five years to the day after the American teen Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, a case in which van der Sloot remains the prime suspect.
Originally posted 01/12/2012 03:00PM
Six and a half years after she vanished in Aruba, Natalee Holloway was declared legally dead Thursday by a judge in Alabama.
Probate judge Alan King made the ruling at the request of Holloway's father. King had ruled in September that Dave Holloway had met the legal presumption of death for his daughter – and King had set Thursday as the deadline for anyone to come forward and prove she didn't die in Aruba.
Holloway's attorney said there has been no new evidence since then.
Originally posted 09/14/2011 04:30PM
It's been more than six years since teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, and her father says the time has come to finally confront a grim reality.
Dave Holloway is requesting that his daughter be declared legally dead.
The request came in papers signed last April, and just now uncovered, seeking a "petition for presumption of death for persons missing for more than five years."
Originally posted 09/02/2011 07:35PM
With no justice yet for her own daughter, Beth Holloway cautiously cheered yesterday’s decision by authorities in Peru to bring murder charges against Joran van der Sloot – long suspected in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance – for the murder last year of a young woman in Peru.
"God bless the Peru authorities for handling this thoroughly and professionally," Holloway tells PEOPLE exclusively. "They have faced criticism and threats of lawsuits from the defendant's side, but they have stuck to their guns and I say good for them."
Van der Sloot, 24, faces 30 years in prison if convicted of killing Stephany Flores, 21, in May 2010. In an earlier reported confession, the Dutchman said he grew enraged and attacked Flores in his hotel room after she glanced at his laptop and discovered his link to the Holloway case. He has since claimed temporary insanity, his lawyer has said.
Originally posted 09/01/2011 07:30PM
Joran van der Sloot was formally charged Thursday with murder in the death of a Peruvian woman who had allegedly discovered his link to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
The Dutchman faces a 30-year prison sentence and a restitution payment of $73,000 to the family of Stephany Flores, 21, who was found bludgeoned to death in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima in May 2010, CNN reports.
Van der Sloot has offered to plead guilty, claiming temporary insanity, but is seeking a much shorter prison term, his lawyer has said.
Originally posted 03/07/2011 06:05PM
Joran van der Sloot will plead guilty to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in Peru last May, but will argue temporary insanity, according to reports.
The Dutchman, 23, will try for a reduced sentence using the "violent emotion" defense, his lawyer, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press.
The lawyer argues that Van der Sloot killed Ramirez on May 30 after becoming enraged when he realized she had looked at his laptop and learned of his connection to missing American teen Natalee Holloway, who disappeared from the island of Aruba in 2005.
Originally posted 11/16/2010 08:10AM
A human jaw bone found in Aruba is being tested to see if it came from Natalee Holloway, the American teenager who went missing on the Caribbean island in 2005, according to a report.
The Dutch daily De Telegraaf said the bone was found last Friday and is now being analyzed by forensic experts.
Tourists staying at the Phoenix Hotel discovered the bone on the beach and took it to the front desk, where a hotel employee alerted the police, a spokeswoman for Aruba prosecutors said.
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