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Joran van der Sloot’s whirlwind plea deal: ‘He won the game,’ but family accepts closure

Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who killed Alabama teen Natalee Holloway on an Aruba beach in 2005 and then a Peruvian business student in her father’s casino exactly five years later, is being sent back to the South American country to finish sentences connected to both deaths.

Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in 2021, but he kept mum on what happened to Holloway for years until he finally admitted this month that he crushed her skull with a cinder block – after she turned him down for sex – in a confession that became public during a hearing Wednesday.

Van der Sloot finally stood before a U.S. judge this year to face extortion and wire fraud charges for selling fake information about Holloway’s whereabouts to her mother.

“He is evil personified,” Dave Holloway, the victim’s father, told the judge in a victim’s impact statement as he rejected van der Sloot’s in-court apology.

“After 18 years, Natalee’s case has been solved,” Holloway’s mother told reporters outside the courthouse immediately after the hearing. “Joran van der Sloot is the killer.”

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.

Michael Ruiz is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to michael.ruiz@fox.com and on Twitter: @mikerreports

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