Joran van der Sloot has confessed to fatally bludgeoning 18-year-old Natalee Holloway on a beach in Aruba in 2005.
His confession came as part of a plea deal for an extortion and wire fraud case linked to Holloway’s case.
“I have considered the factual statements about extortion and wire fraud but also considered your confession to the brutal murder of Natalee Holloway,” U.S. District Judge Anna Manasco said.
As part of the plea deal, Van der Sloot, who had long been a suspect in the Alabama teen’s disappearance, detailed the events that led up to Holloway’s murder.
He recalled kissing Holloway on the beach after the two went on a date at a local bar. But after he started making sexual advances, she kneed him in the crotch.
Van der Sloot retaliated by kicking her “extremely hard” in the face.
While she was unconscious he took a cinderblock that he found nearby and used it to “smash her head in with it completely.” He dragged her body into the water and disposed of her.
“After that, I, I get out,” he said. “I walk home.”