Figure in Holloway case gets 28 years in Perú

A Dutchman suspected in the disappearance of an American woman has received a 28-year prison sentence from a Lima court for the killing of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman.

The court sentenced Joran van der Sloot Friday, two days after he pleaded guilty to killing business student Stephany Flores in May 2010. The 24-year-old Dutch citizen was also ordered to pay about $74,000 in civil damages.

Flores died exactly five years after 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared after spending time with van der Sloot on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Van der Sloot Wednesday told a panel of three judges that he was sorry for Flores’ death and felt very bad. He earlier told police he became angry and strangled Flores in his Lima hotel room after he caught her looking up information about him on his laptop computer when the case of the missing American woman came up.

Van der Sloot’s lawyers argued he was suffering from post-traumatic stress caused by inquiries into his possible ties to Holloway’s disappearance.

Friday’s sentencing comes one day after a judge in Alabama declared Holloway dead.

Van der Sloot was taken into custody in 2005 and later released following the Alabama teenager’s disappearance during a high school graduation trip. He has never taken responsibility for Holloway’s disappearance and her body has never been found.

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