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Joran van der Sloot was charged in Peru with the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez and is suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.
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This time, van der Sloot said that he had made his confession to the Flores murder under duress, and that Peruvian officials told him he would be transferred to the Netherlands if he admitted to the killing. "I was tricked,
" van der Sloot told the Dutch paper. "I'll explain later how it all happened."
Van der Sloot is currently being held in a the maximum-security Castro Castro prison in eastern Lima. He asked to be separated from the other prisoners after receiving death threats from the prison population. Friends, family, and even van der Sloot's own mother have refused to visit him—his mother recently told reporters that her son suffers from mental problems, and that he should suffer the consequences for committing the Flores' murder. Sources say that van der Sloot's lawyers may attempt an insanity plea, hoping to reduce the Dutchman's sentence to six years. But insanity isn't enough to prevent a protracted prison sentence; if a suspect ruled clinically insane still demonstrates a knowledge of right and wrong they can be punished to the fullest extent of the law for their crimes. If tried and convicted, van der Sloot faces anywhere from 15 to 35 years in prison.
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