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Joran van der Sloot is engaged, reports state, though his lawyer denies such allegations. The 24-year-old convicted murderer is currently serving 28 years in a Peruvian prison and is "very happy where he is," attorney Aldo Cotrina said.
Van der Sloot is engaged to an unknown woman, Peruvian news agencies have reported. He plans to be married behind bars, given that his sentence will keep him in prison for another 26 years. According to his attorney, Aldo Cotrina, van der Sloot "said face-to-face that he is not going to get married. That was a joke," Cotrina told Radar Online.
"At the beginning, he found it hard, as he was in solitary confinement for the first five days. There was no heat, no water, no bathroom; you get crazy down there as the conditions are hell," Cotrina said. "Now he is in the general population, and he has more friends and is settling in."
Throughout the prison, van der Sloot is known as somewhat of a ladies' man and has had multiple relationships even while in prison. Last year it was rumored that he had gotten a girlfriend pregnant, but she later denied those rumors.
"He is very popular there [in prison] because he teaches English to the inmates," Cotrina explained, "and he is very charismatic. He has a very good behavior record. He tries to help the other inmates because he has a superior education."
His popularity and helpfulness could help van der Sloot as he attempts to shorten his initial sentence of 28 years in prison for the murder of Stephany Flores. Her body was found in van der Sloot's hotel room five years to the day after the disappearance of American Natalee Holloway. Van der Sloot has been named a person of interest in Holloway's case but was never formally charged in connection with her disappearance.