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Joran van der Natalee Holloway’s killer Joran van der Sloot is still in the US despite agreements that he would be extradited back to Peru after confessing killing the teen by ‘smashing the teen’s head in completely with a cinder block’ back in 2005.
Van der Sloot, 36, admitted to killing Holloway after she rebuffed his advances by kneeing him in the crotch outside of a bar in Aruba more than 15 years ago. The Dutch-national is already serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for beating, strangling and suffocating 21-year-old Stephany Flores there in 2010.
As part of an agreement with Peruvian authorities, federal prosecutors agreed to return van der Sloot back to the Andean nation to serve out his sentence. He arrived in Alabama in June.
On Monday morning, he was taken from Shelby County Jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has been held since his confession, to the local airport. However, the plane did not depart due to mechanical issues, the US Marshal’s Service said in a statement.
The service said they are liaising with their South American counterparts in order to finalize a rescheduled flight but at the time of writing, that time has not been made public. It’s not clear where the convicted murderer will be held until he is returned to his jail cell.
DailyMail.com previously reported that it is unlikely that the killer will ever be prosecuted for his crime in the US thanks to an elaborate plea deal with prosecutors.
Interpol had said earlier that van der Sloot was scheduled to arrive Monday afternoon in the Peruvian capital of Lima.
The US Justice Department said it does not comment about timing of such extradition transfers for safety reasons.
Van der Sloot had been temporarily extradited to the US to face charges linked to Holloway’s disappearance, a case that has drawn international attention over the course of two decades.
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Natalee Holloway’s killer remains in the US after the plane
A few days ago, he admitted that he killed Holloway and disposed of her remains. The disclosure came as he pleaded guilty to charges of trying to extort money from Holloway’s mother in return for information about the location of the body.
BASE. Authorities do not have jurisdiction to prosecute van der Sloot for the 2005 slaying on a beach in Aruba, where the statute of limitations for murder has expired. But the revelations have given long-sought answers to Holloway’s next-of-kin.
The Dutch citizen was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the U.S. for extortion and wire fraud, but as part of his plea agreement, that sentence will run concurrently with another one in Peru, where he’s serving a 28-year prison sentence for killing Flores in 2010.
A 2001 treaty between Peru and the U.S. allows a suspect to be temporarily extradited to face trial in the other country.
The killer initially pleaded not guilty in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama, to charges that he had conspired to get Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway, to pay him $250,000 in 2010 in exchange for revealing the location of her daughter’s remains.
‘You are a killer and I want you to remember that every time that jail cell door slams,’ Beth Holloway said in court after van der Sloot entered his plea.
In entering his guilty plea and waiting his right to appeal, van der Sloot apologized to the Holloway family and said he had embraced Christianity since the murder.
District Judge Anna Manasco sentenced him to 20 years in prison, to be served concurrently with his sentence in Peru, followed by three years of supervised release.
Holloway, an 18-year-old from a Birmingham suburb, went missing in 2005 during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba, a territory of the Netherlands.
Eyewitnesses said she was last seen leaving a bar in a car with van der Sloot on the night of her disappearance. While her remains were never found, an Alabama judge declared her legally dead in 2012.
‘Today marks the end of 18 years of wondering what happened to Natalee Holloway,’ U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona told reporters after the hearing.
Dutch authorities in Aruba arrested van der Sloot twice on suspicion of murder, but ultimately released him for lack of evidence.
Working with the FBI in a sting operation, Holloway’s family wired a portion of the demanded money, $25,100, to van der Sloot in 2010, but he then provided false information about where Holloway’s remains were buried.
In sentencing, Judge Manasco also ordered van der Sloot to pay $25,100 to Beth Holloway in restitution.
After the hearing, Beth Holloway said justice had been served.
‘Van der Sloot’s confession means we’ve finally reached the end of our never-ending nightmare,’ she told reporters.
‘Natalie’s case is closed, as far as I’m concerned. It’s over.’