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Joran van der Sloot ties the knot in Peru prison

By Franklin Briceno

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway, married his pregnant Peruvian girlfriend Friday in a ceremony at the maximum-security prison where he is serving 28 years for murdering a woman he met in a Lima casino.

Van der Sloot, 26, wed Leidy Figueroa, 24, in a private ceremony. Prison officials prohibited video and photos during the midday nuptials and none of the groom's relatives attended, said his attorney, Maximo Altez.

Wearing a tailored suit and dress shoes sent by his mother, Van der Sloot told his bride, who is seven months pregnant, that after he is released from prison, "'I want to marry you again,' and she told him the same," said John Barrera, who officiated the wedding as mayor of the city of Ancon, where the prison is located.

Van der Sloot was the last person seen with Holloway, who vanished while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba. The Alabama teen's body was never found and no charges were filed against Van der Sloot.

In 2011, he confessed to killing Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old business student, five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance.

Van der Sloot is expected to remain in prison until 2038 and then be extradited to the United States to face charges of extortion and fraud for allegedly promising to lead Holloway's mother to the girl's body in exchange for payment.

Van der Sloot met Figueroa while she was selling goods inside the prison, according to the attorney.

Speaking to reporters outside the prison, Altez showed an oil painting done by Van der Sloot depicting a tall, solitary woman in a red dress on a palm-studded beach under a radiant sun.

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fdj46 July 03 2014 at 3:38 PM

I don't get this, how is he getting all this privilege to have sex with her and then get marry. Whats next a trip to the Bahamas?

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Carol July 03 2014 at 5:35 PM

Great. An ignorant Peruvian mother and a Dutch serial killer father. Poor baby ... that's not a gene pool, its a cesspool.

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crotalus July 03 2014 at 4:37 PM

His parents, who vigorously aided in his defense in the Holloway case, must be so very proud of their son. Especially now that he has managed to marry a woman BEFORE he kills her.

See, anyone can improve if just given an opportunity.

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integr8er July 03 2014 at 3:37 PM

What kind of an idiot does it take to marry an incarcerated 2 time killer who once he gets done serving his 28 year sentence will come to the us to serve the rest of his life?

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a.champagne July 03 2014 at 4:41 PM

Yes, by all means, allow this gene pool to continue.
I can only imagine the IQ of the pregnant girl; who in their right mind would get themselves mixed up with a serial murderer?
Conjugal visits..what a crock.

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fredjr123 a.champagne July 04 2014 at 11:05 AM

She can't have a IQ, all she has is a wet warm spot between her legs, just like those here that expect others to pay for there birth control

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naggingmoose fredjr123 July 04 2014 at 2:21 PM

Why pay, just hold that dime real tight between your legs--see free!

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lockworks07 fredjr123 July 04 2014 at 10:26 PM

I hope your education wasn't publicly funded.

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Joanne July 03 2014 at 3:41 PM

Great...they let a serial killer procreate!

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Joan July 03 2014 at 5:38 PM

He is such a sick s>o>b that I cannot help but think he has chosen an American holiday to wed, purposely, as a way of slamming the US, and especially the Holloway family. I know, it is my bad to think this way, but I will never put anything past this thug. Let's hope the US will incarcerate him for the rest of his life, after he leaves the Peru "resort" he is living in. Prayers always, for Natalee and her family.

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Jerry Kuhl Joan July 04 2014 at 8:22 PM

Why are we giving this murderer ANY press at all. Nobody cares. He should be dead by now.

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wparschau Jerry Kuhl July 04 2014 at 10:12 PM

yes why is the press behind a story which should have been forgotten and not given this pervert even any time and moment anymore to even get a breath of Air, he should have been forgotten, for ever many years ago .......

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mielkele Jerry Kuhl July 06 2014 at 9:08 AM

You are here and commented.

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Linda Joan July 05 2014 at 12:39 AM

Ibelieve he was marreid on JULy 2, n ot the 4th.

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Scotty July 03 2014 at 4:16 PM

This is a prime example of why we have so many people in the world willing to break the laws of the lands. TV, 3 daily meals,free healthcare and you get to get married and have a family. Had he got 25 years at hard labor and minimum everything else one might think twice about doing what he did. We need incarceration to be something that the prisoner would never want to have to do again. Jail is a club today. That's why it's worth breaking the law...

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Mandoist July 03 2014 at 4:18 PM

I understand the Mainstream Media has to perpetuate this sordid story of an average killer.

But what's with the "Dutch Killer" melodramatic headline? This genetic defect differs from American Killers?

The media needs to forget this piece of garbage.

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malinda.smith1 Mandoist July 04 2014 at 9:02 PM

What is so melodramatic about it? He is Dutch and a killer thus Dutch killer.

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XXX123 July 03 2014 at 3:27 PM

Make her # 3

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Elizabeth XXX123 July 03 2014 at 9:07 PM

#3 that we know of. He may well be responsible for others.

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