Van der Sloot Pleads Guilty

    Joran Andreas Petrus van der Sloot (C), is escorted by Peruvian police as he arrive to the DIRINCRI (Criminal Investigation Direction) offices in Lima on June 5, 2010. Peruvian police had been searching for van der Sloot - the main suspect in the killing of Stephany Flores Ramirez, 21, the daughter of Peruvian businessman and race car driver Ricardo Flores Chipoco - who was stopped in a taxi in Chile after entering the country from Peru last May 31. AFP PHOTO/Ernesto Benavides (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Joran van der Sloot pled guilty Wednesday to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino. Flores was killed on the fifth anniversary of the day that 19-year-old Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba—a disappearance in which van der Sloot had long been suspected of playing a role. Van der Sloot, 24, said last week he would “sincerely confess” to Flores’s murder in a plea strategy aimed at reducing his prison term—a “sincere confession” is thought to generate less prison time in Peru that a straight guilty plea. Van der Sloot told police he strangled Flores in a Lima hotel room in an attempt to rob her. A judge adjourned the trial until Friday, saying van der Sloot would be sentenced then.

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