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Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty [VIDEO]

Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day of the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he remains the main suspect.

The 24-year-old Dutch national returned to a Peruvian courtroom on Wednesday, five days after requesting more time to “reflect” on what plea he will make in his murder trial in the death of Peruvian national Stephany Flores in 2010. Van der Sloot became well-known around the world after he was arrested twice, but never charged, in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

The next step will be his sentencing, which will take place on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Van der Sloot walked over to his attorney, smiled and shook his hand as court was adjourned.