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Van der Sloot to marry in prison

on June 01, 2013 10:10 AM

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Convicted Dutch murderer Joran van der Sloot is in love and planning to marry a Peruvian woman in the prison where he’s serving a 28-year sentence, his lawyer said Friday.

The couple is awaiting permission from penal authorities for a wedding within two weeks in Piedras Gordas prison, lawyer Maximo Altez told The Associated Press.

“He is in love, that is what motivates all men (to marry), he truthfully is in love,” Altez said Friday about his client, who was convicted of the brutal 2010 murder of a young Lima woman he met in a casino.

Altez’s comment followed speculation in Peruvian media that Van der Sloot wants to marry Leydi Figueroa Uceda, 23, to avoid possible extradition to the United States. The lawyer denied that was the case.

The 24-year-old Dutchman remains the chief suspect in the 2005 disappearance in his native Aruba of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway.

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