Joran Van der Sloot was convicted of “qualified murder” and simple robbery this day in 2012 in Lima Peru for the murder and robbery of Stephany Flores Ramirez. While he admitted to the murder and was the only suspect in the case, he later tried to have the confession suppressed claiming authorities coerced him. Ms. Flores was killed at the Hotel TAC in Van der Sloot’s room. She was found to have amphetamines in her system and date rape drugs were later found in her car but not by autopsy. He vacated the room taking the room key with him and leaving the television on and a tennis racquet, which may have been the murder weapon. Video surveillance showed the two meeting over a few days and eventually entering the hotel together.
Joran Van der Sloot gained notoriety as the lead suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, Van der Sloot’s home country. He had met with an undercover authority and exchanged information on Ms. Holloway’s case. The information was false but the money allowed Van der Sloot to flee and travel to South America. He was purportedly in Lima for a poker tournament but never paid the entry fee. Ms. Flores was killed on the 5th anniversary of Ms. Holloway’s disappearance and money she had money gambling at a local casino as well as jewelry and other valuables were not recovered.
January 13th, 2012 Joran Van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years for Ms. Flores’ murder and robbery and ordered to pay restitution to the Flores family of $75,000. Since going to prison, he has married Leidy Figueroa, a woman who sold goods at the prison and was 7 months pregnant at the time of the marriage. On 9/28/14, she delivered an 8 lb. baby girl.
In February 2016, an undercover reporter in prison filmed Joran confessing to the Holloway murder while his wife was present. Joran has also been investigated for sexual trafficking of Thai girls and at one time suggested Natalee Holloway was sold into sexual slavery. Joran Van der Sloot is expected to be released June 10th 2038. He will be eligible to be extradited to the US at that time to face charges of extortion and wire fraud.