True Crime

Joran Van Der Sloot Claims Insanity

Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance, will plead guilty to murdering Stephany Flores in Peru—but is claiming temporary insanity in his bid to receive a lower sentence. He will use a “violent emotion” defense that, if accepted, will warrant a three to five year sentence. Otherwise, he faces 15 to 20 years. The “violent emotion” defense is generally used in Peru in crime of passion; for example, when one spouse catches another cheating.