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Van der Sloot apologizes in court for murder of Peruvian woman (+video)

Joran Van der Sloot has accepted Peruvian murder charges against him in a plea Wednesday that could shorten his prison sentence.

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Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot apologized in court on Wednesday for killing a young Peruvian woman in 2010 and accepted murder charges against him in a plea that could lighten his sentence.

Van der Sloot, who was arrested but never charged in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Alabama native Natalee Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, killed 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a casino in Lima.

"I am sorry. The truth is I feel very bad," he told the panel of three judges. He said "yes, yes" when asked if he was guilty and if he was accepting the charges in exchange for the chance of receiving a shorter jail term.

By asking for a "forestalled conclusion" to the murder trial, the equivalent of pleading "no contest" in other countries, the judges could swiftly sentence him on Friday.

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