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PostSubject: Joran van der Sloot verdict: Natalee Holloway's mother takes little comfort in courtroom admission he killed Stephanie Flores   Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:05 pm

Joran van der Sloot verdict: Natalee Holloway’s mother takes little comfort in courtroom admission he killed Stephany Flores

Claim of post-traumatic stress 'outrageous and unfathomable,' Beth Holloway's lawyer says

Published: Thursday, January 12 2012, 12:19 AM

Updated: Thursday, January 12 2012, 9:59 AM

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Joran van der Sloot appears at hearing on Wednesday.

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Beth Holloway participates in the launch of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center on June 8, 2010 in Washington.

Natalee Holloway’s mom found little comfort Wednesday in Joran van der Sloot’s courtroom admission that he killed a Peruvian gal pal in 2010, her lawyer told the Daily News.

“It doesn’t bring her any closer to any resolution of Natalee’s disappearance,” lawyer John Q. Kelly said, calling the mother’s ongoing pain “immeasurable.”

Kelly said his still-grieving client, Beth Holloway, scoffed at Van der Sloot’s so-called “sincere confession.”

Particularly offensive to the mother was the 24-year-old Dutchman’s claim he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to accusations that he killed Natalee Holloway during the teen’s 2005 graduation trip to Aruba, Kelly said.

“It’s just outrageous and unfathomable that he’s using his torment of the Holloway family, his refusal to cooperate and his extortion and fraudulent behavior as a reason why he deserves sympathy,” Kelly told The News.

Kelly said Beth Holloway, a resident of suburban Birmingham, Ala., is glad Van der Sloot won’t walk free in Peru. But she still hopes the Department of Justice will extradite him on pending charges that he extorted $25,000 from her in 2010 with a false promise to direct investigators to Natalee’s remains, the lawyer added.

Van der Sloot fled to Peru shortly after the alleged extortion and then killed Stephany Flores, 21, after meeting her in a Lima casino, authorities said.

Van der Sloot maintains publicly that he didn’t kill Holloway, 18, though she was last seen leaving an Aruba nightclub with him.

“He just defrauded Beth Holloway out of $25,000, and he claims that left him so rattled he had to go kill someone?” Kelly asked derisively. “He’s trying to mitigate murder by being all upset about the other crimes he committed.”

Kelly said his client wants Van der Sloot to get the maximum prison sentence of 30 years when he is sentenced Friday.

“Obviously, she’d like to see him as miserable and suffering as much as possible in a jail somewhere for the immeasurable pain and misery he’s inflicted on her and her family,” Kelly said.

“She has not one iota of sympathy or forgiveness.”

Members of Van der Sloot’s family were not in court for his guilty plea on Wednesday.

Peruvian authorities said the now-convicted murderer killed Flores in a fit of rage after the 21-year-old woman perused information about Holloway that was stored on his laptop.

After his plea, defense lawyer Jose Luis Jimenez asked for leniency.

“He was faced against the entire world for the past five years, prior to the events,” Jimenez said, adding that there was no proof Van der Sloot killed the pretty blonde American teen.

“It was five years after the disappearance of this American citizen, and all media pointed at my client without having any evidence that he was in fact a monster,” Jimenez said.

Van der Sloot remained mostly expressionless throughout the hearing, but cracked a brief smile while speaking with Jimenez.
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