Joran van der Sloot’s whirlwind plea deal: ‘He won the game,’ but family accepts closure

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot killed Alabama teenager Natalie Holloway on an Aruba beach in 2005, and a Peruvian business student at his father’s casino just five years later. will be deported to the South American country to complete sentences related to both cases. Deaths (number)

Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to murdering 21-year-old Stephanie Flores in 2021, but remained silent for years about what happened to Holloway, and this month finally revealed Holloway’s skull. admitted to crushing it with a cinder block. The confession was made public during Wednesday’s hearing.

Van der Sloot finally appeared before a U.S. judge this year on racketeering and wire fraud charges for selling false information about Holloway’s whereabouts to her mother.

The victim’s father, Dave Holloway, rejected Van der Sloot’s apology in court and told the judge in a victim impact statement: “He is evil incarnate.”

Court releases recording of Joran van der Sloot’s confession of Natalie Holloway

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot attends a preliminary court hearing in Lima, Peru, on January 6, 2012. (Ernest Benavidez/AFP/Getty Images)

According to court documents, the Peruvian government agreed to extradite van der Sloot in 2014, but not until after he had completed his sentence. The two governments reached a new agreement earlier this year that sent him to Alabama, where he pleaded guilty.

“We were robbed of a promising future along with the beautiful and talented Natalie.”

— Dave Holloway

In this undated handout photo provided by Beth Twitty, Natalie Holloway (center) speaks with her high school friend Frances Byrd at the Mountain Brook High School senior banquet in May 2005 in Mountain Brook, Alabama. (left), standing with Claire Fiereman. Holloway disappeared on May 30th on a high school graduation trip to Aruba.  (AP Photo/Courtesy of Beth Twitty, Ho Chi Minh Province)

Alabama teenager Natalie Holloway (center) was murdered on an Aruba beach in 2005. (AP/File)

“He received a 240-month sentence, which ran concurrently with his sentence for the murder of a woman in Peru,” said David Gelman, a Philadelphia-area criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. “He’ll never see the inside of a federal prison.”

Joran van der Sloot confesses to murdering Natalie Holloway

Under the terms of the plea agreement, van der Sloot will return to Peru to serve his sentence there concurrently. After his sentence there ends, he will spend another five years in a mountaintop Peruvian prison, where he will serve his sentence in the United States. Maximo Artes, a Lima-based lawyer, said Van der Sloot hated Chalaparka prison, calling it “hell.”

Natalie Holloway's prom night

Natalie Holloway, 18, stands with her date, Henry Ennis, before her senior prom on May 13, 2005 in Mountain Brook, Alabama. (Beth Holloway/ZUMA Presswire)

Some legal experts, like Gelman, argue that the plea deal was too lenient, while prosecutors would have had a hard time getting a conviction at trial and a harsher sentence, and that Holloway’s confession was For his family, some say they may have finally gotten answers 18 years after the indictment. She saw her for the last time.

Graphic content warning: Hear Joran van der Sloot’s confession

“Given his past insensitive and narcissistic actions and behavior, no one should be surprised at his brutality, but it’s still unpleasant to hear the details,” he said after interviewing some of the most extreme criminals. says Dr. Katherine Ramsland, a forensic psychology expert at DeSales University. he told FOX News Digital. “His confession seems like a show off to show how little he cares about women. It’s a pose of superiority. There’s no accountability, so at least in his mind he won the game. He also wants to minimize casualties.”

Van der Sloot’s reliability is also questionable. He has repeatedly lied in the past about what happened that night, claiming Holloway hit his head on a rock, that his father helped hide the body, and that he sold Holloway to human traffickers. Ta.

Timeline of Alabama teen Natalie Holloway’s death

Holloway’s family has many reasons not to believe van der Sloot, but his mother, Beth Holloway, told Fox News on Wednesday that in addition to the taped confession, the FBI He said he was able to confirm that.

WATCH: Beth Holloway speaks out after Joran van der Sloot confesses to murdering Natalie Holloway

“We have an FBI team in Miami, we have an FBI team in Birmingham, we have prosecutors. We have a comprehensive team. It was a comprehensive approach to getting answers.” Holloway said. “Not only that, everything was comprehensively backed up and done. We even had a polygrapher come in from the Miami division and met with him. So I met with all these people, and We feel really good.”

Holloway’s father also said in a shocking statement that he accepted the confession.

“I believe him because I saw and heard him confess to the brutal murder of our daughter,” he told the judge. “We are satisfied that our daughter died at his hands and that he acted alone.”

It is said that it was at the hotel that Natalie Holloway was dropped off with Joran van der Sloot

This view shows the Marriott beach and the Holiday Inn Resort in the distance in Nord, Aruba, on May 12, 2023. The Holiday Inn Resort is where Natalie Holloway stayed in 2005 before her disappearance. (Fox News Digital Mega)

However, he added, “The extent to which others were involved in denying Natalie’s opportunity to return her remains to Alabama will forever remain in question.”

Experts remain skeptical about van der Sloot’s confession.

“There’s no accountability, so he wants to show that he won the game, at least in his mind.”

— Dr. Katherine Ramsland

“My sense is that we probably got the story of her murder, but we probably don’t know the full extent of the cover-up,” said Paul Mauro, a former New York City police officer.

He said dumped bodies tend to float to the surface and wash up on shore, calling van der Sloot’s claim that he dragged Ms Holloway to shallow water to get home “far-fetched”.

This part of the story also struck a chord with criminal profiler and STALK president John Kelly, who said murderers typically try to “minimize” the level of brutality when confessing. He said that.

Natalie stands with her mother Beth wearing a white cap and gown

Natalie Holloway stands with her mother, Beth, at home before graduation from Mountain Brook High School in Alabama on May 24, 2005. (Beth Holloway/ZUMA Press)

“The rule of thumb we’ve always followed is that if you throw a body into water, some, if not all, will come to the surface,” he told FOX News Digital. “It’s only a matter of time.”

In federal court in Alabama on Wednesday, Judge Anna Manasco said the extortion and fraud charges were “heinous” because the killer gave Holloway’s family false hope that his body might be found. . They never were.

“In separate incidents many years apart, you brutally murdered two young women who rejected your sexual advances,” Manasco told the court, referring to the 2010 bludgeoning. Stephanie Flores Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to defrauding Holloway’s mother of $25,000.

Natalie wears a white cap and gown and stands with her father Dave

Natalie Holloway and her father, Dave Holloway, are pictured on May 24, 2005, during her graduation day at Mountain Brook High School in Alabama. (Beth Holloway/ZUMA Press)

However, despite admitting to killing Holloway, the terms of his plea agreement stipulate that his confession will not be used in pursuit of the murder charge.

In his confession, Van der Sloot said two friends who were with Holloway on the night of her death had returned home before the murder.

Satish Kalpo, Deepak Kalpo and Van der Sloot were arrested and released multiple times as Aruban authorities investigated the incident. Island police also questioned the attacker’s father, Paulus van der Sloot, who was a prominent judge until his death in 2010.

Joran van der Sloot getting into a car

On September 3, 2005, after being conditionally released from prison in San Nicolas, Aruba, 18-year-old Joran van der Sloot got into his family’s car as his mother Anita closed the door. . (AP Photo/Leslie Masoch)

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“Needless to say, the promise that van der Sloot would not be prosecuted was given in exchange for a confession, otherwise this case would remain unsolved,” Scott Peterson and Michael・Lara Yeretzian, a Los Angeles defense attorney whose clients include Jackson, said: “Is that justice? Justice comes in many forms.”

Van der Sloot will serve a total of 46 years in prison for killing Flores and blackmailing Holloway’s parents, she said.

Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot (Shelby County Jail)

“An alternative option would have been to impose a long sentence without providing any closure to Holloway’s murder,” she said. “The choice was clear.”

For his family, the guilty plea brings closure just days before Holloway turns 37.


“After 18 years, Natalie’s case is solved,” Holloway’s mother told reporters outside the courthouse shortly after the hearing. “Joran van der Sloot is the murderer.”

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.

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