Joran Van der Sloot will be extradited to the United States in 2038 to face trial on charges of extortion and fraud in the Natalee Hollaway case. Before he can be extradited, he will have to finish out his 28 year term prison sentence in Peru where he murdered a young woman in a hotel room.
Van der Sloot has been the prime suspect in the murder of Natalee Hollaway for some time now. Nearly five years after Halloway went missing, Van der Sloot took $25,000 from Holloway’s family in exchange for a promise to lead a lawyer for the family to her body in early 2010. He wrote to the family saying,
“I will do the right thing this situation hurts everyone involved and will continue to do so until it is over. I will take you to Natalee but I do not want it to be known the information came from me. In return I want to receive $250,000,” he wrote to the lawyer.
He never followed through with his promise and fled to Peru instead, taking the family’s money with him.
He later wrote another letter to the Holloway family’s attorney saying,
“Hey, after talking to my lawyer I will not be turning myself in. I did not tell you the truth so the information you have is worthless check it out all you want but it is not true. I will be in trouble if I do tell you the truth or worse my family will be hurt so I really hope this will all come to an end sooner then I think but I also promise I will tell you the truth if there is ever no more threat you have my word. … I’m sorry for making a fool out of you if that is why you think. I think you are a nice man and a man of your word and I am most definitely not. Take care. Joran.”
While in Peru, on the anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance, a young woman named Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez was killed at the Adeli Esmeralda Abad Marchena hotel in Lima, Peru. Peruvian officials named Van der Sloot as the lone suspect in the homicide investigation and he was arrested in Chile several days later.
Van der Sloot was convicted and sentenced to 28 years imprisonment for the murder on January 13, 2012 and ordered to pay $75,000 to the Flores family.
The Holloway family and their attorney had hoped that Van der Sloot would be charged in the United States sooner, and were disappointed to find that they would have to wait until 2038.
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