marry his Peruvian girlfriend in an attempt to avoid extradition to the U.S.
26-year-old van der Sloot is currently serving time in a Peruvian prison for the murder of local college student Stephany Flores. The Dutchman was long suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, but her body was never found and charges were never made. In 2010, van der Sloot tried to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother in return for details about her daughter’s death. Van der Sloot took a $25,000 down payment and then ran off to Peru, where he met Miss Flores in a Lima casino, He became enraged after she found out about his suspected involvement in the Natalee Holloway case and he murdered her.
He now faces extortion charges in the U.S., and his extradition to the U.S. was approved in principle last year by Peru's Supreme Court-- but only after he serves out his sentence in Lima. He could serve less than ten years in his Peruvian prison for good behavior.
After he lost his extradition appeal at the Peruvian Supreme Court last year, there were rumors that he would marry a Peruvian girl in July-- but those plans fell through.
Recently Van der Sloot has been visited in prison by 22-year-old Leydi Figueroa Uced, who was last reported to be pregnant with his child (although no reports of the baby’s birth have ever been released). If van der Sloot is able to convince Figueroa Uced to follow through with his current wedding plans, he will be able to automatically apply for Peruvian citizenship, which will hinder America’s chances of ever extraditing him.