Van der Sloot Jailed on Murder Charges

Peru judge orders him to prison until trial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2010 11:10 AM CDT
In this photo obtained by the Associated Press on June 9, 2010, Joran Van der Sloot gets a medical check-up in Tacna, Peru.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Peruvian judge today ordered Joran Van der Sloot jailed on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the killing of a 21-year-old Lima woman, determining that he acted with "ferocity and great cruelty." The judge issued the order before dawn, instructing penal authorities to place the 22-year-old Dutchman in a penitentiary pending trial. It's not clear when that trial will start.

If convicted on the murder and robbery charges in the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, Van der Sloot would be sentenced to between 15 and 35 years in prison. He also remains the lone suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and the chief of Peru's criminal police said Van der Sloot told investigators he knows the location of her body. He said he would divulge it only to authorities in Aruba.

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