HomeCrimeJoran van der Sloot confesses to Natalee Holloway murder

Joran van der Sloot confesses to Natalee Holloway murder

Joran van der Sloot, Natalee Holloway

Joran van der Sloot (Shelby County Jail), Natalee Holloway (as pictured in the yearbook photo that was used on her missing person poster)

After waiting more than 18 years for some measure of justice connected to the Aruba disappearance and death of 18-year-old high school senior Natalee Holloway, Beth Holloway appeared in an Alabama federal courtroom to confront the man long suspected but never proven to have murdered her daughter in May 2005 — until now.

Joran Andreas Petrus van der Sloot, now 36, has been held without bond in the Shelby County Jail since he was booked on June 9 following his extradition to the Yellowhammer State from Peru, where he was — and will have to continue — serving a 28-year prison sentence for murdering another woman, 21-year-old Stephany Flores.

Representing van der Sloot in court Wednesday was Alexandria Darby, from the Office of the Federal Public Defender; Austin Shutt appeared on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama. At the hearing, van der Sloot pleaded guilty to wire fraud and extortion.

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