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Attorney: Joran van der Sloot to marry in Peruvian prison, become father

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(CNN) — He’s serving a 28-year sentence for killing a Peruvian woman. He’s also the main suspect in the disappearance of an American teenage girl. But these days, Joran van der Sloot is more focused on his wedding plans than his legal situation.

Maximo Altez, van der Sloot’s Peruvian defense attorney, told CNN the 26-year-old Dutch national is getting married “in late May or early June” to a Peruvian woman he befriended in the prison in which he’s being held in Lima, the capital.

“They met when she was visiting a relative in prison. They became friends and spent a lot of time together in his cell,” Altez said. “Unlike The United States, here in Peru loved ones or relatives can see inmates inside their jails.”

Leydi Carol Figueroa Uceda, 23, the bride-to-be, is expecting a baby boy fathered by van der Sloot, according to Altez. She’s five months’ pregnant. The accountant has a 2-year-old boy from a previous relationship.

“He’s very happy about getting married. Since his girlfriend is pregnant, he wants his child to be born to a married couple and he’s anxiously awaiting the day he can get married,” Altez said.

According to the defense attorney, the small, private wedding will be held in the prison’s chapel.

Van der Sloot is being held in the Piedras Gordas prison, located in Lima’s Ancon district. In January 2013, he was sentenced to 28 years behind bars after being convicted of murdering Stephany Flores in 2010.

Flores was 21 when van der Sloot strangled and beat her to death in his hotel room only days after meeting her in Lima, according to prosecutors. They said during the trial he was upset because Flores had asked him about his alleged involvement in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.

Van der Sloot is scheduled to be released on June 10, 2038; but his attorney says the 28-year sentence can be reduced considerably “for good behavior.”

The inmate has long been considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old from Alabama. She was last seen in the early hours of May 30, 2005, leaving a nightclub on the Caribbean island of Aruba with van der Sloot and two other men.

Van der Sloot was arrested twice in Aruba in connection with Holloway’s disappearance, but was never charged. He has denied responsibility for her disappearance. Holloway’s body hasn’t been found.

Flores’ murder happened exactly five years to the day Holloway disappeared.

Peruvian media have raised the possibility that van der Sloot is getting married to avoid extradition to the United States.

In June 2010, a federal grand jury in Alabama indicted him on charges of allegedly attempting to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway. Van der Sloot offered to provide what turned out to be bogus information about the whereabouts of Holloway’s remains in exchange for the money, according to the indictment.

He was allegedly given $25,000, which authorities say he used to travel to Peru for a poker tournament.

But Altez, his defense attorney, dismissed the suggestion that the wedding is a legal maneuver to avoid extradition, saying the wedding shouldn’t be “a big deal.”

“He’s getting married because he’s in love and is having a child. There are no hidden agendas,” Altez said. The inmate will be able to meet the baby after delivery.

In compliance with Peruvian law, van der Sloot’s attorney is publishing his client’s intent to marry in newspapers across Peru on Thursday.

Altez said his client is studying international business at Universidad Alas Peruanas through a prison program and is preparing for tests. Van der Sloot is teaching English to inmates.

By Rafael Romo

CNN’s Mayra Cuevas contributed to this report.


    • STAR

      What a mindless and utterly horrendous response to the piece of news relating to this callous and worthless criminal.
      One can only assume that Lance Smith is not aware of the full story on van der Sloot. With all the implications and sadness created with the disappearance of Miss Holloway and emotional torture of her Mother (by him) followed by the savage murder of Miss Flores these current developments with him are not to be believed.
      The fact that he is even permitted to have any semblance of a normal life is unacceptable. That this brute and bully should have anything to look forward to must be so painful for everyone connected with those poor girls who had the misfortune of crossing his evil path.

    • serenity

      you total and utter loser !!! what kind of monster must you be …i pray for anyone thats in your life and doesnt know you at all…..sick sick puppy.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      Huh? Really?

      So, this means you either a) don’t have a clue about this story or what he has done, as would be likely for religious nutcases unable to live in the real world, or b) you’re just a religious nutcase who really thinks he’s a great guy because he’s marrying the girl. Either way, another case where religion blinds you to reality and justice.

      Nothing sweet or happy about this story – this guy deserves to rot in hell for all eternity, that’s about as religious as I get. If there is no hell, then a couple of boot heel kicks to his face until he’s unrecognizable is the happy ending he should get.

      • Derp

        Folks, have you ever heard of something called “trolling”? That’s when a person says something deliberately stupid or mean or provocative to inspire a knee-jerk reaction. Don’t be so easily pulled in.

  • Amanda

    This story is a slap in the face to Natalee’s family and it’s insulting to all Americans who care about her disappearance. Don’t even give people ^^the chance to congratulate his ‘accomplishment’

  • Barney

    He’s having a son….great; in 18 year’s the “like father, like son” will develop into another homeless, fatherless killer and repeat what his dad has allegedly already done twice.

  • Lisa

    Stupid woman to marry him and create another monster…that’s all the world needs…why couldn’t he have just married one of the guys in prison….? ha ha ha!!!

  • Kathie Thibault

    Just what we need. Another killer in the making. What an IDIOT this girl is. He killed TWO women!!!

  • cody silva

    it amazes me how much freedom this piece of shit still has..how in the world can they reduce a murder sentence for good behavior, allow him to marry and father a child and get a college education to boot…absolutely disgusting i hope halloways parents are waiting outside the prison the day he is released with guns drawn…

  • cody silva

    he manipulates everyone and everything around him how stupid are these people…the lawyer says its just a standard marriage he wants to be a good father!?! He is looking for an angle so that they can’t put him on trial in US…hope another inmate opens their eyes an takes him out not worth the shit on my shoes absolutely disgusting comment from the idiot lance smith….read up on your hero stupid then open your mouth…

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    This guy’s creepy criminal behavior aside, the BIG question I want to know is: What in the hell do WOMEN SEE in this loser? He’s fat, he’s ugly, he’s murdered people, he’s charged with murdering even more people – in short, he’s a pathetic, evil creature with no redeeming values whatsoever and he doesn’t even LOOK good!

    He must either have some helluva tool there (ya know what I mean), or….

    ….I have it! He’s WEALTHY! That’s how he’s gotten away with everything so far, including picking up the girls in hotels! He’s a pathetic little piece of wealthy trash for whom CERTAIN girls (NOT civilized ones or mature women, hence my use of the word “girl” because they’re all immature little babies he’s getting) just plop in bed with to have a chance at all that cash!

    This gal, for example: Already has a kid out-of-wedlock. Was that father a rich turd, too? Probably.

    I hope they BOTH rot in hell for eternity. Or worse. Because that’s what they both deserve.

  • teresa

    I hope everyone doesnt think lance represents all christains. Im a christain and DO NOT believe this is a blessing from God. Even if Sloot truely was repentant of what he did, he still would have to suffer the consquences of taking those precious lives. Not that I believe he is repentant, thats between he and God. But what a dumb comment lance made, hes the reason the rest of christains look stupid.

  • Maggie

    I can’t even believe this is allowed to happen!!!! I can’t believe that he is allowed to have any contact with any female in way shape or form. I thought he was suppose to be in jail. If they allow this to happen then maybe their laws should be be looked at. He should be punished for what he did not rewarded. I just don’t get it?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Honeyb1

    What freak would want to marry him much less engage in sexual entercourse with him. Poor kid is all if can say.

  • Jamie

    So he gets out in 2038, maybe earlier….how long before he murders this woman also? And then what will happen to this poor child?? Or worse yet, will he kill the child also? What a sick situation…

  • Harris487@yahoo.com

    I think the wedding should be a large affair.
    This idiot should invite all his fellow inmates.
    Than any woman who wants to hook up with a
    convict, and who can’t get a date on the outside
    world will have her choice.
    The night can end in a cell of their choice.

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