Joran van der Sloot, who became known around the world for the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru and for being arrested twice, but never charged, in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, has wedding plans.
Claiming he is a changed man, he is asking to have his sentence reduced from to 28 to 20 years.
According to his lawyer, Maximo Altez, the Dutch man seeks to rebuild his life by marrying in prison, for which he is still awaiting the permission of the prison authorities.
"He is a person who has changed ... he wants to rebuild his life, wants to be a new person, and wants the Supreme Court Peru given a chance."
- Maximo Altez, Van der Sloot's lawyer
Altez said the wedding could take place in 15 days.
"He wants to marry, change his life, start a new life," he said, apologizing for not disclosing the name of the bride.
According to published reports, the young woman is Leydi Figueroa Uceda, a Peruvian girl who visits in jail him often. She is said to have given birth to Van der Sloot’s son, something Altez denies.
On Wednesday, Altez filed a motion to reduce the murder sentence, claiming that Van der Sloot had collaborated with the authorities and that his rights were violated during his arrest.
"They gave him a fake lawyer that he did not pick, he never got an interpreter; a reconstruction of the facts never was never done,” Altez said to reporters on his way out from court.
"He is a person who has changed ... he wants to rebuild his life, wants to be a new person, and wants the Supreme Court Peru given a chance," said Altez.
The lawyer said that the Supreme Court will rule on his request in about 10 days.
Van der Sloot is a self-described liar, having repeatedly confessed to killing Holloway, who disappeared in 2005, and later retracting the confessions. He is the last person known to have seen her alive.
He was convicted for the 2010 robbing and killing of Flores in a Lima hotel room after meeting her in a nearby casino.
He is also wanted by authorities in the U.S. for allegedly extorting money from the Holloway family on the promise of revealing the location of her body.