Lawyer: Van der Sloot should do more time

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The family of the Peruvian woman who Joran van der Sloot is charged with killing believes the 30-year prison sentence sought by the prosecution is inadequate.

But the family's lawyer tells The Associated Press that Stephany Flores' family won't object because it doesn't want the trial delayed.

Van der Sloot is to appear Monday before a judge who could set the trial to begin as early as October.

When arrested in the May 2010 slaying of Flores, Van der Sloot was widely known as the chief suspect in the unsolved disappearance five years earlier in Aruba of the U.S. teen Natalee Holloway.

Lawyer Edward Alvarez says that if the Flores family were to raise objections Monday the trial could be delayed until next year.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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