Thursday, January 12, 2012

Joran Van der Sloot pleads guilty to murder of young woman in Peru... while Natalee Holloway mystery remains unsolved

Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

With his guilty plea entered, Victoria Montoya adjourned the trial until Friday, when Van der Sloot will be sentenced.

Van der Sloot told the court today: 'Yes, I want to plead guilty. I wanted from the first moment to confess sincerely. I'm truly am sorry for this act. I feel very bad.'

Van der Sloot, who wore faded jeans and an untucked light-blue button-down shirt, entered the plea in hopes of a reduced sentence.

Van der Sloot's lawyer argued after his clent's brief statement that the defendant killed Stephany Flores as a result of "extreme psychological trauma" he suffered from the fallout of the 2005 disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba of Natalee Holloway. Read More