Joran van der Sloot, the longtime prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, admitted to killing the Alabama teenager with a cinder block in Aruba 18 years ago before then hiding her remains, according to authorities.
While addressing the court, van der Sloot reportedly said that he bludgeoned Holloway’s head with a cinder block while they were on the beach. This happened after Natalee rejected his sexual advances, authorities said.
After the revelation, Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mother, told van der Sloot: “You changed the course of our lives and you turned them upside down. You are a killer and I want you to remember that every time that jail cell door slams.”
Van der Sloot has been the prime suspect in the Holloway case and he has been arrested twice in Aruba on suspicion of her murder, but he was released both times because of lack of evidence, The Post reported.
He made the confession as part of a plea deal for extortion and wire fraud after he tried to get $250,000 from Natalee’s family to reveal the location of her body.
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On Oct. 18, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, which will run concurrently with a 28-year sentence he is currently serving in Peru for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, officials said.
As part of the plea deal, Judge Anna Manasco required that he come clean on the teen’s death, according to The Post.
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Judge Manasco said, “You have brutally murdered, in separate instances years apart, two young women who refused your sexual advances.”
Van der Sloot is not currently charged in Holloway’s death, authorities said.
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