Joran van der Sloot to Marry in Prison
Back in 2005, Joran van der Sloot was implicated in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway. The American girl was last seen with van der Sloot during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. He was never tried for a crime connected to the disappearance. Last year, van der Sloot was convicted of the murder of a Peruvian woman named Stephany Flores, and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Now, it appears that rumors of van der Sloot’s impending marriage are true.
According to an Associated Press report, the 25-year-old van der Sloot is planning to wed a Peruvian woman while serving his sentence. If approved by prison officials, the wedding would take place within two weeks.
Van der Sloot’s lawyer told the AP that his client is “truthfully in love.” In October 2012 it was reported that van der Sloot had impregnated his girlfriend while in prison.
There is speculation, however, that the marriage is a move to avoid extradition to the U.S. to face extortion charges. Van der Sloot is accused of receiving $25,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother in 2010, in exchange for information on where Holloway’s body can be found. The information he provided was allegedly false, and a U.S. District Court has since charged him with extortion and wire fraud.