The name Jordan van der Sloot became popular in the United States after the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager. Although an extensive investigation was conducted and volunteers throughly searched the area, authorities were never able to find enough evidence to pursue criminal charges again Van der Sloot for the murder of Holloway. This case attracted attention from the legal community and the media alike. Many criminal attorneys discussed this homicide case and believed that Van der Sloot got away with murder and that justice was not being served.
Five years later, Van der Sloot murdered a woman that he met in a casino in Lima, Peru. Yesterday, he entered a plea of guilty to the murder charge. He confessed to the crime and told the court, “I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely… I truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad.” (yahoo.com) He confessed to killing Stephany Flores in May of 2010; “he told police he killed Flores in a fit of rage after she discovered on his laptop his connection to the disappearance of Holloway.”
His lawyer argued that he killed Flores “as a result of ‘extreme psychological trauma’ he suffered from the fallout of the 2005 disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba of Natalee Holloway.” She “claims the killing was manslaughter, for which the minimum sentence is 5 years. Police forensic experts disputed that claim and the attorney for the victim’s family contends Van der Sloot killed Flores, a business student from a prominent family, in order to rob her. Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence on first-degree murder and theft charges.”