Joran van der sloot admitted Killing Natalee Holloway, Pleads Guilty

Joran van der sloot admitted Killing Natalee Holloway, Pleads Guilty

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The primary suspect in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance has admitted that when the young woman from Alabama turned down his advances, he beat her to death on an Aruba beach before throwing her body into the water. As Joran van der Sloot admitted to extorting Holloway’s mother on Wednesday, concluding a case that has captured the public’s interest for over 20 years, new information about the murder came to light.

Despite the fact that van der Sloot is not accused in Holloway’s death, his attempt to extract a quarter million dollars from the slain teen’s mother in exchange for information regarding the location of Holloway’s body provided police with a vital link to the 2005 homicide. The family also stated that they are putting their years of uncertainty and doubt behind them after finally meeting him in a U.S. courtroom.

According to Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mother, “as far as I’m concerned, it’s over,” she told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Alabama. “Joran van der Sloot is no longer a person of interest in the death of my daughter. He is the murderer.

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Details of the 20-year-old mystery

While on a trip celebrating the graduation of her high school, Natalee Holloway vanished. She was last seen leaving a pub on May 30, 2005, with van der Sloot, a Dutch national enrolled at an international school on the island in the Caribbean where he was raised. Despite being questioned about the disappearance, he was never charged. Holloway was pronounced dead by a judge, but her body was never discovered.

Van der Sloot, who is now 36, entered a guilty plea to one count of wire fraud and one count of extortion in exchange for a 20-year sentence. This jail sentence will run concurrently with the 28-year term he is presently serving in Peru for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, another lady.

His confession’s specifics were taken into consideration while determining his sentence, according to U.S. Judge Anna Manasco.

“You have brutally murdered two young women who refused your advances for sexual favours — in separate incidents years apart,” she alleged.

Van der Sloot, who was shackled and wearing an orange jail uniform, told the packed courtroom that he hoped his confession would bring about resolution.

He remarked, “I would like the chance to apologise to the Holloway family, my own family,” later adding, “I am no longer the person I was back then.”

Even with his confession, van der Sloot, according to Dave Holloway, Natalee’s father, lawyer Mark White, cannot be charged in Aruba because the statute of limitations has passed.

It was not immediately clear, according to the Aruba public prosecutor’s office, whether van der Sloot could be charged with murder there. Holloway’s disappearance is still under investigation, and the police “will follow up on any serious leads,” according to Ann Angela, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

Van der Sloot had to submit to a polygraph test, divulge all the details he knew about Natalie Holloway’s disappearance, and allow her parents to hear his conversations with police in “real time,” according to Manasco.

Van der Sloot claims he and Holloway were cuddling on the beach in an interview with his lawyer. He continued to touch her despite her attempts to stop him, so she kneed him between the legs. She was still lying down when he got up and kicked her “extremely hard” in the face.

He claims that she was either dead or unconscious at that point. He claims that after dragging her body until he was knee-deep in the waves and pushing her out to sea, he picked up a nearby cinderblock and threw it down on her face.

Closure for the Holloway family after years of uncertainty

In an interview with The Associated Press, Beth Holloway claimed that seeing van der Sloot in court felt “victorious” and that she was “finally at the end of this nightmare.” She claimed that the family chose the plea bargain as a means of obtaining clarification.

Beth Holloway said, “I’m the mother, and I wanted to know what happened to Natalee. I had spent 18 years looking for that, she said.

Van der Sloot had given the interview while Natalee’s Holloway parents had listened and watched. In a letter to the judge, Dave Holloway referred to van der Sloot as “evil personified.” Although he voiced scepticism about van der Sloot’s claim that he disposed of the body alone, he indicated that after seeing the confession, he believed van der Sloot acted alone as the murderer.

In his letter to the judge, Dave Holloway stated that “questions will forever remain about the extent to which others participated in depriving us of the opportunity to return Natalee’s remains to Alabama.”

Van der Sloot has provided conflicting statements throughout the years as the Holloway family has long sought explanations for the disappearance. He initially claimed Holloway was buried under gravel beneath a house’s foundation but later acknowledged it was incorrect.

Five years after the murder, an FBI sting captured the extortion attempt in which van der Sloot demanded $250,000 from Beth Holloway in exchange for providing her with the location of her daughter’s body. He consented to accept $25,000 in exchange for disclosing the site and demanded the remaining $225,000 after the remains were found.

Van der Sloot relocated from Aruba to Peru in order to avoid capture in the extortion case. He will be temporarily extradited from the South American nation to the United States to stand trial for the extortion charge, and after the outcome of his case, he will be returned to Peruvian prison.

A few miles from the high school Natalee Holloway attended and three days before her 37th birthday, van der Sloot entered a guilty plea in federal court. Van der Sloot was addressed by Beth Holloway when she was seated at a podium in the courtroom.

“You are a killer,” she yelled. I want you to keep that in mind each time the jail door closes.

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Source: CNN

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