Joran van der Sloot admits to murder in Peru

Today, Joran van der Sloot entered a guilty plea in the killing of then 21 year old Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru.  Van der Sloot killed Flores in his hotel room on May 30, 2010, after the two were seen in surveillance video leaving a casino together.  The killing occurred exactly 5 years to the date of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway who mysteriously disappeared in 2005 from van der Sloot’s home island of Aruba.  Van der Sloot remains the only suspect in her disappearance.

When asked by the Court if he wanted to, in fact, plead guilty, van der Sloot stated, “Yes, 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.”

Van der Sloot is facing up to 30 years in Peruvian prison at a sentencing hearing that is now set for Friday.  Van der Sloot’s plea of guilt was clearly done in hopes of receiving a lighter sentence from the panel of three judges.  Under Peruvian law, a “sincere confession” to a murder usually results in a much shorter prison sentence than one for an outright guilty plea.