Joran van der Sloot Confesses: Admits to Killing Natalee Holloway on an Aruba Beach

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There was a powerful moment in the courtroom after van der Sloot’s sentencing. Beth Holloway addressed van der Sloot following his guilty plea, declaring, “You are a killer, and I want you to remember that every time that jail cell door slams,” as reported by NBC News.

Confession to Natalee Holloway Murder

In his confession and upon waiving his right to appeal, Joran van der Sloot expressed remorse for his actions and stated that he had embraced Christianity since the time of the murder.

U.S. District Judge Anna Manasco subsequently handed down a 20-year prison sentence to be served concurrently with his existing term in Peru, followed by three years of supervised release. The expectation now is that he will be returned to Peru to fulfill his ongoing sentence there, with a provision for his return to the U.S. in the event of parole or release.

The case of Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from a Birmingham suburb, has long captivated the public.

 She went missing during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005, and eyewitnesses reported her last seen leaving a bar in a car with Joran van der Sloot on the night of her disappearance.