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Killer Van der Sloot Planning Wedding in Peru Prison

Saturday, 01 Jun 2013 08:24 AM

LIMA, Peru — Convicted Dutch murderer Joran van der Sloot is planning nuptials with a Peruvian woman in the prison where he's serving a 28-year sentence, his lawyer says.

The couple is awaiting permission from penal authorities for a wedding within two weeks in Piedras Gordas prison, lawyer Maximo Altez told The Associated Press.

Altez on Friday identified the bride as Leydi Figueroa Uceda, who has visited Van der Sloot often. Altez denied press reports that she bore Van der Sloot a son. He said she is about 23 years old.

On Wednesday, Altez sought a sentence reduction to 20 years for Van der Sloot, who was convicted of the brutal 2010 murder of a young Lima woman he met in a casino.

"He wants to get married, change his life, make a new life," his lawyer said.

Van der Sloot, 25, remains the chief suspect in the 2005 disappearance in his native Aruba of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway.

Holloway was 18 years old when she vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. She was last seen leaving a bar the morning of May 30, 2005 with Van der Sloot.

Holloway's body was never found and the ensuing searches for her would create intense media scrutiny and worldwide attention. In January, a judge declared Holloway dead.

Van der Sloot faces extortion and wire fraud charges in Alabama in connection with Holloway's unsolved disappearance, which occurred five years to the day before he killed Peruvian business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a Lima casino.

U.S. prosecutors allege Van der Sloot accepted $25,000 in cash from Holloway's family in exchange for a promise to lead an attorney for the family to her body in early 2010 just before he went to Lima.

He pleaded guilty in January 2012 in Peru to killing the 21-year-old Flores.

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