Photo: Natalee Holloway, Joran van der Sloot, Stephany Flores
In Peru a murder defendant can use the plea of ‘violent emotion’ in crimes of passion or when a spouse finds the other engaged in an act of adultery. The ‘violent emotion’ plea, known by some as a temporary insanity plea, typically brings a reduced sentence of 5 years versus 15-to-35 years for first-degree murder.
This is the plea that 23-year old Joran van der Sloot plans to file in his murder case for the death of Peruvian business student Stephany Flores, last May 30th.
Van der Sloot has filed the appropriate papers to make this defense in the killing that left the 21-year old Flores dead in his hotel room from bludgeoning and suffocation. A judge must accept that defense before it can be used at trial.
Joran came to infamy when he became the lead suspect in the disappearance of American high-schooler Natalee Holloway in 2005. Legal experts aren’t sure what the Peruvian judge will decide since the victim was also robbed and van der Sloot fled to Chile after the crime – not typical actions of someone acting in a crime of passion.