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Old 03-08-2011, 10:46 AM
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Default Van der Sloot seeking reduced sentence in Peru: lawyer

LIMA (Reuters) - Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man who has confessed to killing a young woman in Peru and been linked to the mysterious disappearance of a young American woman in Aruba, hopes to win a reduced sentence of just several years in prison, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Maximo Altez says he has filed a motion in court arguing that his client was overcome with "violent emotion" and did not plan to kill Stephany Flores, 21, in a Lima hotel room on May 30.

That tactic would potentially reduce his sentence to three to five years, less than the 25 years that prosecutors could seek under charges of aggravated homicide, in which assailants plan their crime.

According to Altez, Van der Sloot became enraged after Flores found reports on his computer that showed he was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba during a high school graduation trip in 2005.

The Holloway case has received intense media coverage in the United States, but no one has been convicted for her disappearance from the Caribbean island resort.

Van der Sloot was considered a prime suspect and arrested in 2005 but released for lack of evidence. Her family has criticized Dutch authorities for the lack of progress in the case.

Van der Sloot fled to Chile after Flores' death but was soon captured and returned to Peru. He has not yet testified. Flores was seen in a casino with Van der Sloot before her body was found in a hotel room registered under his name.


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