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Joran van der Sloot pleads guilty to homicide

As CBS News reports, 24-year-old Joran van der Sloot, a longtime suspect in U.S. national Natalee Holloway's disappearance five years ago, has plead guilty to the murder of Stephany Flores under the jurisdiction of a Peruvian court.

Van der Sloot's homicide charges, now that he has been convicted, have resulted in a sentence of 28 years in prison and restitution in the amount of $75,000 to be paid to Flores's family.

Prosecutors got close to what they asked for - a 30-year prison sentence - in this first-degree murder case.

Van der Sloot testified that he strangled Flores in a "fit of rage" after Flores found out that Van der Sloot had been implicated in Natalee Holloway's disappearance.

In Maryland, murder charges are some of the most serious types of criminal charges that you can be faced with - and they also tend to garner the most publicity, as Van der Sloot's case illustrates.

But the problem with publicity is that accused people are generally assumed guilty from the start. Nonetheless, it seems as though Van der Sloot had his day in court; apparently, it was his decision to plead guilty.

Source: Joran van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years behind bars for the murder of Stephany Flores

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