A three-judge panel in Peru has sentenced Joran van der Sloot to 28 years in prison for murdering a Peruvian woman in 2010. He will finish serving his sentence on June 10, 2038.
The prosecution had asked the court to sentence him to the maximum of 30 years.
Before handing down the sentence, the court recounted the gruesome details of how van der Sloot murdered Stephany Flores, including how he strangled her with his bare hands. As the facts of the murder were read in open court, van der Sloot appeared to be sweating so profusely, the judges stopped the sentencing to let him sit down and have a glass of water.
On Wednesday, the Dutch national pleaded guilty to the charges of qualified murder and simple robbery in the murder of 21-year-old Flores. Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the charges in an effort to receive a more lenient sentence.
He confessed to strangling Flores on June 6, 2010. His attorneys later tried unsuccessfully to get that confession thrown out of court, saying police coerced him.
The judges ruled that van der Sloot’s confession and guilty plea had a limited influence on his sentence.
In addition to serving 28 years, he will also have to pay restitution in the amount equivalent of $74,321.81 to the Flores family. He will also be expelled from Peru once his sentence is complete.
Van der Sloot was a suspect in the highly publicized disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teen who vanished in 2005 after partying with with van der Sloot in Aruba. He has never been charged in Holloway's case and her disappearance is still unsolved.
On Wednesday, van der Sloot’s attorney Jose Luis Jimenez argued that his client’s sentence should be reduced, because Holloway’s disappearance caused van der Sloot to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
"He was pointed at and persecuted. The world had been against him for five years before this case, for a murder he said he never committed and for which there is no evidence whatsoever," said Jimenez.
On Thursday there was also an update on the Holloway case. After more than six years with no sign of her body or evidence of her being alive, Alabama judge Alan King declared Holloway dead.
To read more about Holloway’s hearing on Thursday, click here.