Wednesday morning, Joran van der Sloot addressed a Peruvian court in his murder trial. In hopes of getting a shorter sentence through confession, he pled guilty to all charges against him in the killing of Peruvian Stephany Flores, including “qualified murder” and simple robbery. Van der Sloot stated, “I am really sorry for what happened”.
Van der Sloot’s lawyer, Jose Jimenez, is asking the court to take into account everything that van der Sloot has “suffered.” Jimenez states, “Joran van der Sloot on May 30, 2010 was 21-years-old and he was in fact persecuted, he was [pitted] against the entire world for the last five years because prior to the events of what happened now, because of an occurrence of which he never committed and for which there is no existing evidence. I refer to the disappearance of an American citizen in Aruba.”
He adds that van der Sloot is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder due to all the attention placed on him. Jimenez states that all the baggage carried over from Natalee Holloway’s disappearance affected his client’s state of mind on the day he murdered Stephany Flores.
The court will decide Joran van der Sloot’s sentencing on Friday at 10:00am.
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