Van der Sloot Charged With Murder

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Joran van der Sloot was formally charged Thursday in Peru with the murder of Stephany Flores, who had allegedly discovered his link with missing teenager Natalee Holloway. If convicted, van der Sloot faces a 30-year prison sentence and a restitution payment of $73,000 to Flores’s family. Flores, 21, was found bludgeoned to death in van der Sloot’s hotel room in May 2010. Van der Sloot reportedly offered to plead guilty, claiming temporary insanity—but his attorney said van der Sloot is seeking a shorter prison term.