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Suspect in Natalee Holloway case may be in U.S. soon

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Joran van der Sloot, the man suspected in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, is now in the process of being extradited from Peru to the U.S.

Once on American soil, van der Sloot, 24, is expected to face charges for extorting money from Holloway’s mother.

He is also accused of killing Stephany Flores, a woman from Peru. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the crime on Jan. 13.

Flores, 21, was stabbed to death on May 30, 2010, the fifth anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance. The 18-year-old Alabama native disappeared while vacationing in Aruba. She was last seen leaving a nightclub with van der Sloot.

Holloway’s body has yet to be found and van der Sloot has yet to be charged with her disappearance. However, he has been indicted for extorting $25,000 from her parents. He reportedly told them that he would reveal where their daughter’s body was in exchange for the cash.

He now faces up to 10 years in prison for the extortion.

“I think he will be extradited within the next three months,” his attorney, Maximo Altez, said. “He will go to trial in the United States. Once he is sentenced, he will return to Peru to finish serving his 28 years, and then go back to the States to serve whatever sentence he gets there.”

 
 

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