Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty

Dutch man, investigated for Natalie Holloway disappearance, faces jail in Peru.
2:54 | 01/12/12

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-- slowed -- so many believe was responsible for the disappearance of Natalee Holloway seven years ago has now confessed to the 2010 murder of another woman in Peru. This comes a day before -- scheduled to be sense in the case and ABC's Andrea canning is here with the details and what is at stake good morning. Good morning -- a lot of people are finding this story outrageous based on his defense you're on -- -- attorney told three female judges who heard your -- case. That he has a type of post traumatic stress disorder. Hoping to get him a lot less than thirty years behind bars what made him snap. -- claims the straps associated with the Natalee Holloway investigation. Drove him to murder. Showing no emotion -- on -- slowed admitted to killing 21 year old Stephanie Flores. Telling a packed Peruvian courtroom. -- Of course there yeah. Yes I want to plead guilty -- I want -- from the first moment to -- sincerely so I truly am sorry for this act I feel very bad. Protesters outside the courthouse called on a harsh punishment for Vander slow. But his attorney offered a reason behind the killing saying the extreme psychological trauma -- slowed experienced in the Natalee Holloway investigation. Drove him to murder. To this day the 24 year old remains the prime suspect in her disappearance. -- -- it is hoping by coming forward now and admitting. But saying I was enduring all of these psychological issues at the time that he'll get a significantly -- cents. Conditions as soon we might. Here's to the day Natalee Holloway disappeared benders slowed strangled Flores. The surveillance video shows the pair went after meeting in a casino in 2010. She was later found dead in his hotel room -- slow can be seen leaving on his own. After the murder he fled Peru and altered his appearance that was captured three days later in Chile. He reportedly claimed in a confession that he -- course in a fit of rage. She found information linking him to Holloway on his computer ABC's John King Jonas attempted to ask him about it. -- -- attorney is now hoping the argument that his client suffered from the stress of the Natalee Holloway investigation. We'll get him a much lighter sentence in the -- case. There's a lot of pressure on these judges to impose a tough sentence on -- -- I'd be very surprised. If these judges. Offer on -- really lenient sentence in. And Beth Twitty Natalee Holloway is mother released a statement to GMA last night saying our thoughts and prayers are with the -- family during these extraordinarily painful. And public proceedings. We hope they find some measure of privacy inner strength and peace. As time goes by something she knows all too well and they're hoping to get him -- that humans -- to those charges here she has made it her mission to get -- on back to Alabama she doesn't -- stop -- does she wants to pay for their. You know what she thinks he did what he allegedly and defense for him.

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