Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man who was arrested and charged with the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez in Peru in 2010, will plead guilty to the crime in court today, according to his attorney. Flores Ramirez’s family has been waiting years to get justice from van der Sloot, and it appears they are finally getting it.
In 2008, van der Sloot was arrested for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez. The body was found on May 30th and he confessed to the crime five days later. In 2010 he attempted suicide in his Peru prison cell and has been imprisoned ever since. Van der Sloot is now set to plead guilty in exchange for a 28-year sentence, rather than the original 30-35 year sentence.
This plea bargain will not be accepted by the victim’s family, who believe van der Sloot deserves a harsher punishment for his crime. I don’t want him to have a life with my daughter, said Ricardo Flores, father of the victim. But as it doesn’t happen so here we are again. And maybe it would’ve been better if Joran had died in prison.
Who is this guy?
Joran van der Sloot is a Dutch citizen and the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. He was arrested twice for her murder but never convicted. In 2010, van der Sloot was charged with murdering Stephany Flores Ramirez, a 21-year old woman from Lima, Peru.
The international criminal faced up to 30 years in prison if he went to trial and was found guilty. Van der Sloot agreed to plead guilty on Monday, October 9th.
His plea will not become official until the next hearing where his attorney will present proof that his confession is voluntary. It’s unlikely that this would be challenged by the prosecutors as it doesn’t seem like they have any better evidence than what they had before van der Sloot made his confession.
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Why did he do it?
Van der Sloot is not known for his innocence. He is thought to have killed the Dutch girl named Natalee Holloway back in 2005. He also had a suspicious involvement with the disappearance of Kalpoe and Nel, two young men from Aruba who were seen on video with Holloway on her last day before she disappeared.
Van der Sloot has been accused in the death of another woman, 21-year-old Peruvian business student Stephany Flores Ramírez, who was found dead with her throat cut at her Lima apartment on May 30th, 2010.
Reports say he will plead guilty in order to avoid a trial that would take place next year where he would have faced more than 25 years in prison if convicted. Van der Sloot’s lawyer could not be reached for comment but said it was likely that this decision followed negotiations with prosecutors.
The confession will likely save Peru’s criminal justice system time and money while sparing the victim’s family from having to endure a lengthy public trial, during which they might be subjected to lurid details about their daughter’s private life and gruesome photos of her body.
How did they catch him?
This is one huge step for the family. We want justice, but we don’t want revenge. said father Ricardo Flores. We’ve endured a lot in these last six years. Joran van der Sloot who killed Stephany Flores Ramirez will now plead guilty after he confessed and apologized to her family. Van der Sloot will be sentenced on April 28th which would be six years after she was killed and go through a 20 year prison sentence that had been agreed upon by both sides.
The judge will then decide if he will be eligible for parole at the 10 year mark or not and officials say he has an 85% chance of being released on parole because of his young age at the time. While this brings some closure to the case for her family, it leaves many unanswered questions about what exactly happened to lead up to this death.
In addition, it leaves other families in limbo wondering if their missing loved ones are victims as well.
This type of plea may have seemed easy for him because he knew there wasn’t much evidence against him as there were no witnesses and no body found- meaning there wasn’t any DNA linking him to the crime scene.
What will happen now?
Joran van der Sloot will finally be brought to justice for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez. Van der Sloot is expected to plead guilty in a Peruvian court tomorrow and face a pre-arranged sentence for his crime. His confession will also answer many questions about the death, including how she was killed.
This case has been an international sensation since her body was found five years ago, and this may finally close this terrible chapter in her family’s life. What exactly happened to this innocent woman?
We now know. It turns out that he suffocated her with one hand while using the other to cover her mouth so she couldn’t scream. The sound of her final breaths echoed off of the walls before she went limp, asphyxiated by van der Sloot’s relentless grip on her neck.
The killer will now spend 25 years behind bars for this atrocious act; it might seem like a light sentence given what he did but it’s better than nothing. It should give solace to those who loved Stephanie that they can put these past five years behind them and move on with their lives at last.