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Joran van der Sloot finally set to face U.S. criminal charges

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Joran van der Sloot finally set to face U.S. criminal charges

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Mar 10, 2014

Infamously known as the main suspect in the tragic 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, then 18, Joran van der Sloot will finally be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges. However, it won't happen until 2038 at the earliest. 

The Peruvian government will release van der Sloot, now 26, to the United States only when his 28-year sentence is complete. Van der Sloot is imprisoned in that country for murdering and robbing Peruvian woman Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, 21, on the five-year anniversary of the night Holloway went missing during a high school graduation tripn to Aruba.

Potentially in 26 years, van der Sloot will face U.S. extortion charges for taking $25,000 from Holloway's mother, Beth, in exchange for bogus information in regards to the location of her daughter's remains he says were hidden in the foundation of a house.

According to People, "The undercover cat-and-mouse sting in the spring of 2010 was conducted by Holloway's attorney John Q. Kelly, working with the FBI in Aruba." Kelly flew to Aruba to give van der Sloot a down payment of $25,000, but van der Sloot left the island as soon as the money cleared. "In emails Kelly shared exclusively with People, van der Sloot wrote on March 30, 2010: 'I will do the right thing this situation hurts everyone involved and will continue to do so until it is over. I will take you to Natalee but I do not want it to be known the information came from me. In return I want to receive $250,000.''" It was all a lie.

Without a body, Holloway's father, Dave, has since prompted a U.S. judge to officially declare Natalee dead.

The criminal charges against van der Sloot for extortion were filed for the Northern District of Alabama in U.S. District Court. 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.