Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who pleaded guilty to a 2010 murder, has filed a request with Peru’s prison institute to be permitted to marry, daily El Comercio reported.
“The request for Van der Sloot to receive permission from the National Penitentiary Institute so he can get married to a Peruvian in June of this year is being processed,” the Dutchman’s lawyer, Maximo Altez, said.
Local media have reported that the woman he plans to marry is Leydi Figueroa. Van der Sloot and Figueroa have a son together. They met when Figueroa was distributing products in Lima’s notorious San Juan de Lurigancho jail, where Van der Sloot is being kept.
Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old University of Lima business administration student whom he met at a casino in Lima’s tourist Miraflores district. He is serving a 28-year-prison sentence for that murder.
The case caught international attention as Van der Sloot is also the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of US teenager Natalie Holloway, a case that was never solved by authorities because Holloway’s body has never been found.