This week has been a big week for the family of Natalee Holloway. “Six years after teenager Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba, an Alabama judge has declared her dead. The move, announced in court today, follows a September request by Holloway’s father; he wants to stop paying for her health insurance and give her college fund money to her brother…” (Newser.com)
Additionally, On January 10, 2011, Jordan van der Sloot, the only suspect in the disappearance of Holloway pled guilty to the murder of Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru. “He 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.” (Yahoo.com)
His attorneys hoped that he would receive five years in a Peruvian prison for manslaughter. The prosecutor sought 30 years. Today, he was sentenced to 28 years from for first degree murder for this strangling death.
As for the Natalee Holloway case, “Van der Sloot had twice been arrested for the disappearance of Holloway, a 19-year-old from Alabama who vanished during a celebratory trip to Aruba with her senior class in May 2005. Van der Sloot maintained that he’d left her on a beach, drunk. That’s the last anyone has seen of her. “